Will Oelschlaeger joins the Iowa Bicycle Coalition

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition welcomes Will Oelschlaeger to the Membership and Outreach Manager position. Will comes from a marketing and visual communications background, and we are excited to see his talents put to work to help The Coalition continue to grow. Will brings a wealth of new skills to the team and has a passion
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$5 Million Available for Trail Funding

COVID-19 RELIEF RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM Purpose-The Iowa Transportation Commission approved a one-time, $5 million allocation of funding to partially offset COVID-19 related reductions in the SRT program. The activities eligible for funding under this program can go towards acquisition, construction of new trails, maintenance, resurfacing and restoration of existing recreational trails; development and rehabilitation of
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Secretary Pete Buttigieg talks with the League of American Bicyclists about making biking better

Secretary Pete Buttigieg talks with the Bill Nesper of the League of American Bicyclists. They addressed several issues including: Justice 40, 40 percent of overall benefits of “relevant federal investments to disadvantaged communities”. The Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and expanding the public input period on the new manual. Complete Streets as a
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Iowa bicyclists support more kids riding bicycles to school.

For more than a decade, the Iowa Safe Routes to School led by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition encouraged more kids to ride bicycles to school.  The Safe Routes to School program has: Taught thousands of kids how to ride safely; Improved walking and bicycling infrastructure around schools;  Created fun activities like walking school buses, walk to school day events, and more. We
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Legislative Forums on 2/26-2/27

Council Bluffs Area Legislators Friday, February 26, 202112:00-1:00 PM Legislative Coffee- Virtual event, see link for attendance. https://www.councilbluffsiowa.com/events/details/legislative-coffee-1904 Rep. James, District 99Friday, February 26, 202112:00-1:00 PM Lunch with Lindsay- Dubuque,Virtual event, see link for attendance. https://www.facebook.com/lindsayjamesIA Fort Dodge Area LegislatorsFriday, February 26, 20211:00-2:00 PM Eggs & Issues- Virtual event, see link for attendance. https://www.youtube.com/user/GreaterFortDodge Iowa
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Legislative Forums on 2/19-2/20/2021

Legislative Forums are a productive way to learn if your legislator will support bicycle and traffic safety issues that are important to you. You can ask questions about their positions and ask directly for them to support your issues.   Some tips: 1. Do a little research.  Check out our policy and legislative page for more information.2. Be
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House File 380 on Distracted Driving in Driver Education passes 94-0 in Iowa House

In unexpected proceedings, the Iowa House passed House File 380 yesterday unanimously 94-0. The bill was taken up in floor debate and passed. It was a bi-partisan effort with Republicans and Democrats saying this was a good bill and good for public safety. This bill idea was brought to Rep. Brian Best from the Iowa
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E-Bikes Passes Committee and Enhanced Penalties Push

E-Bike Bill Passes House Transportation Committee On Tuesday, the Iowa House Transportation Committee passes House Study Bill 80 that regulates E-Bikes 19-0.  The bill adds 3-wheels to the conventional bike classification and establishes a 3-tiered e-bike system and provides regulation of the e-bikes to allow them to operate as bicycles. Rep. Maxwell, Rep. Kressig, and
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House Study Bill 82 (distracted driving in driver education) passes subcommittee

An Iowa House panel moved forward legislation to address distracted driving.  House Study Bill 82 aims to add distracted driving to one of the required topics in the driver education curriculum.  The bill simply changes the required “substance abuse” part of the curriculum to “substance abuse and distracted driving”. No additional time is added to
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