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CHANGE LANES TO PASS BICYCLES

House File 513 and SenateFile450

Take action at:http://iowabicyclecoalition.org/legislation/

ABOUT THE BILL:

  • Require motor vehicles to use the opposite side of the road or an adjacent travel lane to pass people on bicycles.
  • Recognizes that paved shoulders and bike lanes are adjacent travel lanes.
  • Prohibits motorists from steering unreasonable close to people riding bicycles in those lanes.
  • Allow motorists to pass bicyclists in a no passing zone if there is no oncoming traffic, not at the crest of hill, intersection, bridge, railroad crossing or viaduct.
  • Strike the reflector option for bicycling at night.
  • Allow for a 72-hour period where the bicyclist could return an affidavit and have the ticket expunged.

TAKE ACTION:

  • Fill out the form with your name, address, zip code and email.
  • Edit the message in the white box with your own story about safe passing.
  • Send emails, post to Facebook, or tweet to your legislator.

A FEW TIPS:

  • Include your address in the first line.
  • Be VERY polite.
  • Tell them about how you have been passed too close.


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