February 6, 2020

Safe Passing of Bicyclists

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is monitoring issues regarding the safe passing of bicycles by motor vehicles.

TAKE ACTION ON HF2189:

HF2189 POSITION: FOR

Increasing penalties for bike crashes resulting in a serious injury or fatality. This bill is assigned to the Iowa House Judiciary Committee.

ACTION REQUESTED: We are asking bicyclists to contact their representatives in the Iowa House.

TAKE ACTION ON SF2090:

SF2090 (Formerly SF 51) POSITION: NEUTRAL

We support the spirit of this bill but encourage the addition to change lanes to pass. This bill has passed the Iowa Senate Transporation Committee and eligible for Senate debate. It is alive beyond the first funnel.

ACTION REQUESTED: Contact your Iowa Senator.

TAKE ACTION ON HF2040:

HF2040 POSITION: FOR

Change Lanes to Pass Bicycles is a priority for Iowa bicyclists. This bill has been assigned to the Iowa House Transportation Committee, but there has been no subcommittee assigned to this bill.

ACTION REQUESTED: Standby until a subcommittee is assigned.

CURRENT POSITIONS:

HF2040 – FOR Change Lanes to Pass Bicycles is a priority for Iowa bicyclists.

  • Change lanes to pass is easy for the public to follow.
  • Change lanes to pass is easy for driver education students to learn.
  • Change lanes to pass is easy for law enforcement to monitor.
  • More than half of states have a passing distance law and several states have adopted change lanes to pass.
  • Bike lights at night are a good addition to this bill.

HF2189 – FOR Increasing penalties for bike crashes resulting in a serious injury or fatality.

  • Iowa Code 321.281 prohibits motorists from steering unreasonable close to bicyclists and carries a $250 fine (injury or no injury).
  • Other safe passing laws carry enhanced penalties in the event of serious injury or fatality.
  • Enhanced penalties include a $500 fine for a serious injury with a 90-day license revocation and a $1,000 fine for fatality with a 180-day license revocation.

SF2090 (Formerly SF 51) – NEUTRAL

SF2090 address lights on bicycles operating from sunset to sunrise and other low-light conditions.  Current law allows a red reflector in lieu of a rear red light, but the bill will strike the reflector option.  The bill also adds a 72-hour period where the light can be repaired or replaced so the ticket can be expunged.  

  • Change lanes to pass is easy for the public to follow.
  • Change lanes to pass is easy for driver education students to learn.
  • Change lanes to pass is easy for law enforcement to monitor.
  • More than half of states have a passing distance law and several states have adopted change lanes to pass.
  • Bike lights at night are a good addition to this bill.

OTHER LEGISLATION

We have grouped our bills by subject because multiple bills may address the same topic. Learn more on each topic at:

Or return to our legislative page: www.iowabicyclecoalition.org/legislation