Iowa looks to increase bike tourism

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For one week during the summer Iowa becomes the nation’s cycling hotspot, but what about the rest of the year? Iowa is looking to increase their bike tourism beyond RAGBRAI. The Des Moines Bicycle Collective recently created Cycle Central Iowa – a map and guide of Iowa’s best cycling routes. The Des Moines Register reports that along with promoting cycling, this new map should benefit communities economically:

Credit-card tours via bike: Elsewhere in the U.S., communities are learning that bike tourism generates welcome dollars. Multi-day trips are becoming popular. Continue reading