Legislative Forums 1/28-1/29

Legislative Forums are a productive way to learn if your legislator will support bicycle and traffic safety issues that are important to you. These forums are usually under-attended by the same people.  If you and your bicycling friends show up, you can be a block that they cannot ignore. You can ask questions about their
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HF392 Requiring Hands-Free Cell Phone Mode While Driving Passes Iowa House Committee

An Iowa House subcommittee advanced a bill (HF392) that would require motorists to use cell phones in hands-free or voice-activated mode while driving.  This bill was introduced last year and is moving along with a companion bill in the Iowa Senate (SF330).   The issue was immediately taken up with the Iowa House Transportation Committee where
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PROPOSED IOWA 3 PROJECT IMPACTING THE HERITAGE TRAIL IN DUBUQUE COUNTY

The Iowa Department of Transportation is proposing to reconstruct Iowa 3, from just south of Co Rd C9Y in Sageville to 0.7 mile north of Boy Scout Rd, in Dubuque County. To facilitate this project, the Iowa Department of Transportation is proposing to temporarily close a portion of the Heritage Trail and access to the
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Advocacy Strategies Week 2 Legislative Update

Legislative UpdateThe 2022 Iowa Legislative SessionWeek of January 17, 2022This Week in the Iowa Legislature The week started slow with the Legislature having Monday off for MLK Day, but both chambers increased their volume of bill introductions and started to really jumpstart the subcommittee process as the week progressed. The prevalence of COVID was clear
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Senate Ways & Means Leader Promises to Fund IWILL in Senate Tax Bill

Sen. Dan Dawson (R-Pottawattamie) spoke last week at the opening meeting of the Senate Ways and Means committee.  He outlined his priorities for the upcoming Senate tax bill that has yet to be written.   Sen. Dawson outlined 3 priorities: 1.  Develop a 21st century tax system for a 21st century economy; 2. No interest to
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Construction begins on Plywood Trail Connection LeMars and Sioux City

From the Sioux City Journal:  Construction of the 16-mile trail connecting Sioux City to Le Mars has begun.  Organizers formally broke ground Tuesday on the PlyWood Trail. Ryan Meyer, chair of the PlyWood Trail Foundation said the ceremony marked the culmination of work and collaboration on the part of many different individuals.    “Quality of
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Cedar Valley Nature Trail Closed After Garbage Truck Hits Bridge

A disposal truck became lodged under the Cedar Valley Nature Trail bridge on Thursday. The garbage truck, owned by ABC Disposal, was heading east on Fishel Road when it became stuck under the bridge shortly afternoon. Linn County Sheriff’s Deputies, Linn County Sheriff’s Rescue 57, Linn County Secondary Roads Department, and the Linn County Conservation
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Legislative Forums 1/21-1/22

Legislative Forums are a productive way to learn if your legislator will support bicycle and traffic safety issues that are important to you. These forums are usually under-attended by the same people.  If you and your bicycling friends show up, you can be a block that they cannot ignore. You can ask questions about their
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IOWA’S TRAVEL & HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY SHARES IMPACT OF TOURISM WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS

Mark Wyatt, executive director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition was pleased to join the Iowa Travel Industry Partners association in gathering with statewide partners for Tourism Legislative Night with Iowa’s elected officials on January 18, 2022. Conversations taking place at Wooly’s in Downtown Des Moines focused on the importance of tourism to Iowa’s economy. Bipartisan
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Seeking candidates for LCI Course On June 10-12 in Iowa City

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is gauging interest in potentially hosting an LCI class on June 10-12, 2022 in Iowa City. One of the criteria for hosting an LCI class is to have 8 students for an in-person class or 6 students for a virtual class. The League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) are ambassadors for better biking
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$1.7 million invested in Iowa trails and safe routes to school programs and infrastructure

IOWA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPROVES FEDERAL RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM FUNDING The Iowa Transportation Commission approved $1,279,200 in total funding for six federal Recreational Trails Program projects. The federal Recreational Trails Program was created in 1991 for the purpose of developing and maintaining recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized trail users.  The projects
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Subcommittee assigned for SF330 (Hands-free cellphone while driving)

A subcommittee of three senators was assigned to Senate File 330 (SF330). SF330 will require cell phones to be used in hands-free mode while driving. More information at Prohibit Handheld Phone Use While Driving. The subcommittee is Senators Rozenboom, Brown, and Giddens. What happens next? After being introduced, bills are often assigned to a subcommittee. 
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