2016 Policy and Legislation

Legislators need to hear from bicyclists and specifically from you as an individual citizen.  A few quick emails can make our bills move forward through the legislative process.  We make it easy for you to copy and paste the email addresses and let you know what to write about.

How can you get involved?


CHANGE LANES TO PASS BICYCLES (SF 2076)

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: FOR

ABOUT THE BILL: Iowa Senator Bill Dotzler (D-31) has filed SF2076, the “Change Lanes to Pass Bicycles” bill. The law would require motor vehicles to use the opposite side of the road or an adjacent travel lane to pass people on bicycles. It also recognizes that paved shoulders and bike lanes are adjacent travel lanes, and prohibits motorists from steering unreasonable close to people riding bicycles in those lanes.

EMAIL REQUEST: Send an email to the following in the Iowa Senate Transportation Committee.

Copy and paste these email addresses:
tod.bowman@legis.iowa.gov, robert.dvorsky@legis.iowa.gov,  tim.kapucian@legis.iowa.gov,  chris.brase@legis.iowa.gov, michael.breitbach@legis.iowa.gov,  jeffdanielson@gmail.com, dick.dearden@legis.iowa.gov, randy.feenstra@legis.iowa.gov, wally.horn@legis.iowa.gov,  tim.kraayenbrink@legis.iowa.gov,  matt.mccoy@legis.iowa.gov, herman.quirmbach@legis.iowa.gov, roby.smith@legis.iowa.gov

MESSAGE: Please write in your own words why changing lanes to pass is a good law.  A few points:

  • Easy to teach, enforce, and follow.
  • Consistent with law for passing motor vehicles.
  • Already in the DOT driver’s manual.
  • 50% of fatal bicycle crashes in the past 10 years are overtaking crashes.

ASK:  Please pass SF2076.

LEGSLATIVE FORUMS IN YOUR AREA: You can always show up to a forum and ask about Change Lanes to Pass Bicyclists. Check out our list of legislative forums.

Action Details Result
Senate Subcommittee Sen. Matt McCoy
Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink
Sen. Herman Quirmbach
Pass 3-0
Senate Transportation Committee Tod R. Bowman (D, District 29), Chair
Robert E. Dvorsky (D, District 37), Vice Chair
Tim L. Kapucian (R, District 38), Ranking Member
Chris Brase (D, District 46)

Michael Breitbach (R, District 28)
Jeff Danielson (D, District 30)
Dick L. Dearden (D, District 16)
Randy Feenstra (R, District 2)
Wally E. Horn (D, District 35)
Tim Kraayenbrink (R, District 5)
Matt McCoy (D, District 21)
Herman C. Quirmbach (D, District 23)
Roby Smith (R, District 47)
Tentative Meeting
Tuesday Feb 16,
2 PM
Senate
House Subcommittee
House Committee
House
Governor

RIGHT HAND SIGNAL FOR RIGHT TURN (HF 154)

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: FOR

About the bill:  Allows for bicyclists to use the right hand to signal a right turn by pointing right.

Update: Bill failed to advance before funnel date.  Bill must be considered in house.

Who to contact:

HF 154 Status Update

Action Details Result
House Subcommittee Assigned to No initial meeting
House Transportation Committee
House
Senate Subcommittee
Senate Committee
Senate
Governor

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS (SF2130 and HF2205)

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: FOR

About the bill:  This bill creates a safe routes to school fund administered by the Department of Transportation.

Who to contact:  Your Legislator.  Use Voter Voice Link through AHA.

Safe Routes to School Funding Status Update

Action Details Result
House Subcommittee Not Assigned No initial meeting
House Education Committee
House
Senate Subcommittee  Not Assigned  
Senate  Transportation Committee
Senate
Governor

24/7 SOBRIETY PILOT PROGRAM (SSB3008)

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: UNDECIDED

ABOUT THE BILL: Creates a pilot program for offender to be sentence to twice per day testing for sobriety in cases of offenses surrounding chemical abuse.

Action Details Result
House Subcommittee Not Assigned No initial meeting
House Committee
House
Senate Subcommittee  Met on 2/10 Passed 2-0 with amendments
Senate  Transportation Committee
Senate
Governor

REAR RED LIGHT INSTEAD OF REFLECTOR (SF 424)

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: UNDECIDED

NOTE:  House leaders ended consideration of Senate File 424 for 2015. In a procedural move, the bill was not placed on the “Unfinished Business” calendar. As a result, the bill is returned to the House Transportation Committee. The bill may be considered by the House Transportation Committee in the 2016 session.

About the bill: Requires a light instead of a rear reflector to operate a bicycle at night.

Who to contact: n/a

Action Details Result
Senate Subcommittee Assigned to Kraayenbrink, Bowman, Brase Signed with amendment
Senate Transportation Committee Amended.  72 hours to return an affidavit saying your light is fixed or replaced.  Reflector is removed, so light is only requirement.  Allows light to be fixed to bike or rider.  Passed
Senate  Passed.  View Senate Debate. Passed 45-5
House Subcommittee Not assigned
House Committee
House
Governor

SPEED LIMIT INCREASES (HF2125 and HF2126)

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: AGAINST

About the bill: Raises speed limits in rural areas to 60 MPH (HF2125) OR 65 MPH (HF2126)

Who to contact: House Transportation Committee

What to say: TBA

Action Details Result
House Subcommittee Worthan, Landon, and Olson Passed
House Transportation Committee  TBA
House    
Senate Subcommittee    
Senate Committee    
Senate    
Governor