The City of Grimes will hold the THIRD and FINAL reading of the uniform bicycle ordinance on Tuesday, September 25 at 5:30 PM. They are adding a section that says:
Where a useable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the roadway known as S James Street from the south Sports Complex to the south city limits of Grimes;
BICYCLISTS SHOULD CONTACT THE GRIMES CITY COUNCIL: https://www.grimesiowa.gov/OurCommunity/MayorCityCouncil.aspx
You can read the whole proposal at http://tinyurl.com/8jmypux.
Grimes has a GREAT TRAIL, but this is a bad law. The Iowa Code plainly states bicyclists have ALL the rights and duties of the operators of vehicles [321.234]. The code also says local authorities cannot make a law that conflicts with 321.234 [321.236].
THE IOWA BICYCLE COALITION HAS ISSUED A LETTER TO THE GRIMES CITY COUNCIL:
There are some unanswered questions:
- Will they plow the trail for snow or can we use the roadway?
- Does the city have additional liability by requiring trail use?
- What about times of day where traffic is minimal (e.g. early Sunday morning)?
- What about large and fast group rides not compatible with other trail users?
- What about new developments that may create hazards?
- What about trail maintenance?
- What about motorists who drive across the trail intersections waiting to turn?
- What do I do if I live or work on the opposite side of the trail? Can I use the road to get to home or work?
- Does the trail close at 10 PM?
- Why are we circumventing the Iowa Code?
- Won’t this confuse motorists and bicyclists on where they can or cannot ride?
We need cyclists in the Grimes area to go to the council meeting at 5:30 PM on September 11 for a second reading. Let them know that you appreciate the trail, but that is no reason to pass a bad law restricting cycling on the roads.