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 2224)

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: FOR

ABOUT THE BILL: Iowa Senator Bill Dotzler (D-31) has filed SF2224, 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 REQUESTThis is the last week unless we pass subcommittee.  The funnel deadline is Friday, 3/11/16.  If the bill doesn’t pass a subcommittee vote, then we can’t continue towards passage. Thanks to your efforts, we have moved the bill this far.

DID YOU SEE THE IOWA POLL?

The Iowa Poll was published in the Des Moines Register today. It found 67% of Iowans support safe passing laws for bicycles.  Yet, the quote to note was from the chair of the Iowa House Transportation Subcommittee on SF2224, Rep. Brian Moore, “Priority is toward economics, not primarily for recreation,” Moore said Wednesday. “At this point, I’ve got to consider the farmer, the commercial people who use the road.”

ARE WE BEING HEARD?

One legislator supporting our movement confided in me.  He said he wasn’t hearing as much from bicyclists on the issue as he thought he should. He hasn’t been one of our targets, but that doesn’t matter. It is time to be heard.

HOW CAN YOU HELP? 

We are starting a public email campaign on Monday.  Follow these four steps:

STEP 1: Copy and paste this group of emails:
josh.byrnes@legis.iowa.gov, Brian.Best@legis.iowa.gov, jim.lykam@legis.iowa.gov, Gary.Carlson@legis.iowa.gov, dennis.cohoon@legis.iowa.gov, dave.dawson@legis.iowa.gov, Abby.Finkenauer@legis.iowa.gov, maryann.hanusa@legis.iowa.gov, lee.hein@legis.iowa.gov, Chuck.Holz@legis.iowa.gov, dan.huseman@legis.iowa.gov, david.jacoby@legis.iowa.gov, john.landon@legis.iowa.gov, dave.maxwell@legis.iowa.gov, brian.moore@legis.iowa.gov, jo.oldson@legis.iowa.gov, rick.olson@legis.iowa.gov, kraig.paulsen@legis.iowa.gov, sally.stutsman@legis.iowa.gov, mary.wolfe@legis.iowa.gov, gary.worthan@legis.iowa.gov

STEP 2: Tell Iowa House Transportation Committee to support SF2224

  • Lives of Iowans are important on Iowa’s Roadways.
  • 50% of fatal crashes involving bikes and motor vehicles were overtaking.
  • A WIDE MAJORITY of Iowans support safe passing laws.
  • The law is easy to follow, enforce, and teach.

STEP 3: Ask them to VOTE FOR SF2224

STEP 4:  Forward a request for all of your bicycling friends to do the same.  

Likes and shares on social media can help spread the word, but we really need the email action more. 

Action Details Result
Senate Subcommittee Passed Pass 3-0
Senate Transportation Committee Passed Pass 12-0
Senate Passed Pass 38-12 (Click to see who voted for it)
House Subcommittee To be scheduled
House Committee  TBA

House  Contact Your Representative
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: No action taken, bill did not survive funnel.  


TEXTING AS A PRIMARY OFFENSE (SF391)

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: FOR

About the bill:  Removes subsection language and allows police to cite texting as a primary traffic violation.

Update: Bill passed in Senate.

Who to contact: n/a

SF391 Status Update

Action Details Result
House Subcommittee Worthan, Best, and Finkenauer No update
House Transportation Committee
House
Senate Subcommittee  Passed
Senate Committee  Passed
Senate  3/17/16 Passed 44-6
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: Bill did not survive funnel. 


24/7 SOBRIETY PILOT PROGRAM (SSB3008 & SF2190)

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  2/15/16  Passed: Ayes, 10: Sodders, Hogg, Bisignano, Garrett, Kinney, Petersen, Quirmbach, Shipley, Taylor, and Whitver. Nays, 2: Schneider and Horn. Absent, 1: Zaun.
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

Update: Bill did not survive funnel.