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.

How can you get involved?


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.
Bill#: Sponsors: Outcome:
Bill Introduced HSB130
House Subcommittee HSB 130 Wills, Chair; Mohr, Heddens Passed
House Transportation Committee HSB 130  Amendment to remove daytime light requirement Passed
House HF 513 Manager: Wills Eligible for debate
Senate Subcommittee SF 265 Anderson, Bisignano, and Kraayenbrink Passsed
Senate Transportation Committee SF 265 Passed
Senate  SF 450 Manager: Anderson Eligible for debate
Governor

 


TEXTING OFFENSES AND PENALTIES

Increase penalties for texting in fatal crashes AND 24/7 sobriety program for OWI offenders

Senate File 444 and House File 519

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: FOR

About the bill:  Increases penalties to reckless driving when texting and driving causes a fatality.  Also, creates a 24 hour a day/7 day per week sobriety program for OWI offenders.

Bill # Sponsors Outcome
Bill Introduced
Senate Subcommittee SSB 1101 Passed
Senate Committee SSB 1101 Passed
Senate SF 444 Passed 48-0
House Subcommittee SF 444 Ways & Means Passed
House Committee SF 444 Ways & Means Passed
House SF 444
Governor SF 444 Signed into law

 

Senate File 234 TEXTING AS A PRIMARY OFFENSE  

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: FOR

About the bill:  Allows use of an handheld electronic communication device to be charged as a primary offense.

Bill#: Sponsors: Outcome:
Bill Introduced SSB 1002 Transportation Bill filed
Senate Subcommittee SSB 1002 Breitbach (C), Bertrand,  and Bowman Passed
Senate Committee SSB 1002 Transportation Passed
Senate SF 234 Passed Passed 43-6
House Subcommittee SF 234  Passed  Passed
House Committee  SF 234  Passed  Passed
House  SF 234  Passed  Passed
Governor  Signed into law


Senate File 407 and House Study Bill 139 HANDS FREE TEXTING

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: FOR

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

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.

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