2017 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. We also work with infrastructure, law enforcement, state agency policy, and more.

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BIKE LIGHTS

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: UNDECIDED

ABOUT THE BILL: SF18   BIKE LAMPS was filed by Sen. David Johnson and referred to the Senate Transportation Committee. The law would require bikes to have front and rear lamps. Requires that a bike rider be given 72 hours to comply with these provisions after a citation is issued.

Bill#: Sponsors: Outcome:
Bill Introduced  SF18  Johnson Bill filed
Senate Subcommittee  Kraayenbrink, Bisignano, and Breitbach
Senate Committee
Senate
House Subcommittee
House Committee
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Governor

CHANGE LANES TO PASS BICYCLES

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: FOR

ABOUT THE 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.

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Bill#: Sponsors: Outcome:
Bill Introduced
Senate Subcommittee
Senate Committee
Senate
House Subcommittee
House Committee
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Governor

 


TEXTING PENALTIES

SF21    TEXTING AS A PRIMARY OFFENSE was filed by Sen. Tod Bowman and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The bill would strike provisions which prohibit enforcing provisions banning texting while driving as a primary offense.

 

SSB 1002 TEXTING AS A PRIMARY OFFENSE was filed as a Study Bill in the Senate Transportation Committee. The bill would strike provisions which prohibit enforcing provisions banning texting while driving as a primary offense. Senators Breitbach (C), Bertrand,  and Bowman are assigned to the subcommittee.

Strikes provisions which prohibit enforcing provisions banning texting while driving as a primary offense. See SF 21.

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: FOR

About the bill:  Increases penalties for texting and driving.

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Bill#: Sponsors: Outcome:
Bill Introduced SSB 1002 Transportation Bill filed
Senate Subcommittee SSB 1002 Breitbach (C), Bertrand,  and Bowman  1/18 meeting
Senate Committee
Senate
House Subcommittee
House Committee
House
Governor

BICYCLING AND TRAIL FUNDING

SF14  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.

Bill#: Sponsors: Outcome:
Bill Introduced
Senate Subcommittee
Senate Committee
Senate
House Subcommittee
House Committee
House
Governor