Pedestrian and bicycle laws
One of every five people killed in a traffic crash is a pedestrian. Even though you are walking, not driving, you are still subject to the same traffic laws as motorists. Under Iowa law, pedestrians have the right of way in marked crosswalks, and motorists should yield to the pedestrian when they are in those crosswalks. However, even though this is the law, pedestrians should proceed cautiously and not make an assumption that a vehicle will stop. If a pedestrian must walk where there is no sidewalk, they should walk on the left side of the street facing oncoming traffic, and at night should wear light colored clothes so they can be seen easily.
Bicyclists are required to obey the same traffic laws as a motor vehicle. For a summary of Iowa rules of the road for bicyclists, click here or visit http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/pdf/bikelaws.pdf. The Iowa Bicycle Coalition also provides tips for safe riding. To view information from the coalition, click here or visit http://www.iowabicyclecoalition.org.
As a driver you must yield to pedestrians at all times. Even the pedestrian is jaywalking or crossing where they should not be, the motorist must stop for them. Special caution should be used in school and residential areas where children may be present. It is a good idea to drive slower than the speed limit in these areas so the car can stop quickly. To access other tips for motorists regarding sharing the roads with bicycles, click here or visit http://www.iowadot.gov/iowabikes.