2018 Policy and Legislation

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is concerned about the safety of bicyclists in Iowa.  Improving laws to protect bicyclists is one part of the Coalition’s bicycle advocacy strategy.

CHANGE LANES TO PASS BICYCLES

House File 513 and Senate File 450

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: FOR

ABOUT THE BILL:

  • Require motor vehicles to use the opposite side of the road or an adjacent travel lane to pass people on bicycles.
  • Recognizes that paved shoulders and bike lanes are adjacent travel lanes.
  • Prohibits motorists from steering unreasonable close to people riding bicycles in those lanes.
  • Allow motorists to pass bicyclists in a no passing zone if there is no oncoming traffic, not at the crest of hill, intersection, bridge, railroad crossing or viaduct.
  • Strike the reflector option for bicycling at night.
  • Allow for a 72-hour period where the bicyclist could return an affidavit and have the ticket expunged.

TAKE ACTION:

  • Fill out the form with your name, address, zip code and email.
  • Edit the message in the white box with your own story about safe passing.
  • Send emails, post to Facebook, or tweet to your legislator.

A FEW TIPS:

  • Include your address in the first line.
  • Be VERY polite.
  • Tell them about how you have been passed too close.

Bill Tracking: Safe Passing Law

Bill#: Outcome:
House Subcommittee HF 513 Wills, Chair; Mohr, Heddens
House Transpo Committee
House
Senate Subcommittee   SF 450  Smith, Carlin, and Danielson
Senate Transpo Committee
Senate
Governor

HIT & RUN CRASH REPORTING

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: FOR

About the bill:  Clarifies the reporting of hit and run crashes and requires a person involved in a crash to report the crash if they learn of a death or injury.

HANDS FREE TEXTING

Senate File 407 and House Study Bill 139 

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: FOR

About the bill:  Requires the use of a handheld electronic communication device to be hands free.

No action at this time.

 

Bill Tracking: Hands Free Texting

Bill # Sponsors Outcome
Bill Introduced
Senate Subcommittee SSB1079 Passed
Senate Committee SSB1079 Passed
Senate SF 407 Eligible for Debate
House Subcommittee HSB 139 Passed
House Committee HSB 139
House
Governor

 


BICYCLING AND TRAIL FUNDING

SF14  HF 597 NATURAL RESOURCES SALES TAX was filed by Sen. David Johnson and referred to the Ways & Means.

Increases the state sales tax to 6.375%, with the additional tax going to the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. Makes changes to the SAVE fund tax in order to keep the revenue constant.

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: FOR

ABOUT THE BILL: The legislature appropriates money into the Iowa Recreational Trails Program.  In addition, the Iowa Water and Land Legacy Conservation Fund has funding for trails.

 No action recommended at this time.

 

Bill#: Sponsors: Outcome:
Bill Introduced
Senate Subcommittee
Senate Committee
Senate
House Subcommittee  HF 597  KAUFMANN
House Committee
House
Governor