2017 Policy and Legislation

Legislators need to hear from bicyclists.  A few quick emails to your legislator 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

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.

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.

 


RIGHT HAND SIGNAL FOR RIGHT TURN

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: FOR

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

 


TEXTING AS A PRIMARY OFFENSE

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: FOR

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

 


SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Position: FOR

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

 


24/7 SOBRIETY PILOT PROGRAM 

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.