October 15, 2021

Send a Pella or Oskaloosa Letter to the Editor

You indicated on a survey that you would be willing to write a letter to the editor and I would like to take you up on that offer.  

I would like you to send a letter to the Pella Chronicle or the Oskaloosa Herald thanking Senator Ken Rozenboomfor the work on the distracted driving bill and e-bikes bill the legislature.  

You can submit a letter to the editor in three easy steps:

1.  Edit the sample letter below or write your own.

2.  Submit the letter to the Pella Chronicle or the Oskaloosa Herald (https://www.oskaloosa.com/site/forms/online_services/letter/letter_editor/)

3. Reply to this email and let me know you’ve submitted the letter so we can watch for it and post it on social media.  

Thank you in advance.  I am grateful for advocates like you who take action.  This grassroots support is what gets things done in the legislature.

Keep moving forward,

Mark Wyatt
Iowa Bicycle Coalition

***SAMPLE LETTER BELOW***

On behalf of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, we want to thank Senator Ken Rozenboom for working on the Senate Transportation subcommittee and as the floor manager for the bills adding distracted driving to driver’s education (HF380) and hands-free driving (SF330), as well as being on the Senate Transportation subcommittee for the bill improving the definition of e-bikes and multi-wheel definition of bicycles (HF493).

All three of these bills aimed to improve Iowa bicycle education and safety; we appreciate Senator Rozenboom’s recognition of this and working tirelessly throughout the session. Senator Rozenboom’s hard work helped ensure House File 380 and House File 493 passed this session. 

There is still work to be done to pass the hands-free driving bill next legislative session. In 2017, 3,166 people died in a car accident resulting from distracted driving; this makes up about nine percent of all crash deaths. We look forward to continuing to work with Senator Rozenboom to make sure this bill gets to the Governor’s desk next session.