October 10, 2016

Legislative District Leaders

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition’s legislative district leader program connects bicyclists with legislators who represent them. District leaders actively seek meetings or attend forums with elected officials in their areas to talk about bicycling issues. We can count on district leaders to share important information, action alerts, and petitions with their bike club, team, or friends they ride with.

Much of the work takes place in the fall following the November election. Local legislative forums occur during the legislative session from January to May. One-on-one meetings with legislators can take place anytime.

District Leader Job Description

A district leader should commit to doing the following:

  • Email your legislator during the session and urge them to vote on important bicycle laws or trail/infrastructure funding.
  • Participate in a virtual day of action and encourage people in your area to contact their legislators.
  • Organize a local meeting with your legislator (and optional with other bicyclists attending).

District leaders can go above and beyond by attending a Bicycle Legislative Day at the Capitol, writing a letter to the editor urging better legislation for bicycling; or attending a local legislative forum (or virtual forum) in your area to ask questions about bicycle legislation.

For More Information:

If you are interested in becoming a district leader for the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, please email mark@iowabicyclecoalition.org.

Legislative Session Calendar

Session Begins: January 10, 2022
Iowa Bicycle Summit District Leader Meeting: January 29, 2022
First Funnel: February 18, 2022
Bike Day at the Capitol: February 9, 2022
Second Funnel: March 18, 2022
Per Diem Ends: April 19, 2022

Support Iowa Bicycle Advocacy:

​When you bicycle on Iowa’s trails or roadways, you want an enjoyable ride taking you safely to your destination. We work to make Iowa bicycling safe, accessible, and enjoyable for all. Please consider giving today with credit cards, gifts of stock, or donor-advised funds at https://ibc.app.neoncrm.com/forms/advocacy 

District Leader Update Meetings

Each Friday, the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and Action Fund hosts a district leader meeting online to review the session. District Leaders can join the call to learn about the priorities and share input on strategies to pass the legislation.

These meetings are optional but often helpful. We distribute notes from the lobbyists weekly during the session and we hold additional meetings during off-hours as needed.

Google Hangout Information
Videoconference: meet.google.com/wbz-fgbt-qhe
Join by phone ‪(US) +1 601-748-4541‬ PIN: ‪401 975 533‬#

December District Leader Meeting Schedule

January District Leader Meeting Schedule

January 7 (First Week of Session on Jan 11)
January 14
January 21
January 28 (Saturday: Iowa Bicycle Summit)

February District Leader Meeting Schedule

February 4
February 11 11:00 to 1 PM (Iowa State Capitol & Virtual Day of Action)
February 18 (First Funnel Date Meeting)
February 25

March District Leader Meeting Schedule

March 4
March 11
March 18 (Second Funnel Date Meeting)
March 25

April District Leader Meeting Schedule

April 1
April 8
April 15 (End of Per Diem)

Advocacy Strategies Updates

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