October 15, 2021

Send a Quad Cities Times 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 Quad Cities Times thanking your Senator Mark Lofgren for his work on distracted driving and e-bike bills that passed 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 Quad Cities Times (https://qctimes.com/forms/contact/letter_to_the_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***

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is leading the state in bicycle safety, education, and advocacy. Bills to add distracted driving to driver’s education (HF380) and improve the definition of e-bikes and multi-wheel bicycles (HF493) were brought forward by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition last legislative session. Specifically, we’d like to thank Senator Mark Lofgren for introducing both of these bills in the Iowa Senate.

Currently, students are required to have four hours of instruction about substance abuse. House File 380 replaced “substance abuse” with “substance abuse and distracted driving.” The bill would provide further potentially life-saving education for driver’s education students in Iowa. With the popularity of e-bikes increasing, House File 493 created a classification system to differentiate between models with varying speeds and updated the definition of non-electric assist bicycles to include two or three-wheeled bicycles. 

We want to thank Senator Lofgren for working diligently on this legislation throughout the session. Senator Lofgren’s hard work helped ensure both of these bills were signed by the Governor.