Not long ago, we shared information a bicycle ride that was heading toward the state capital to show support for Senate File 117, a bill that would increase safety measures for bicyclists. Some are terming the bill a “bicyclist’s bill of rights.” Currently, the bill is still making its way through the Iowa House of Representatives as House File 128. Many cycling organizations and communities are still asking Iowans to contact their representatives and voice their support for the bill. This is especially true as another bicycling accident made the news today about a Polk County Sherriff’s Office employee who was badly injured while riding alongside traffic. The employee, Leesa Shoemaker, was badly injured when a passing vehicle failed to overtake her bicycle properly. This is the kind of accident that the bicycle bill is meant to prevent. Shoemaker spent a number of days in the hospital before being released, and is just another victim in a series of bicycle and automated vehicle accidents that prompted the bill’s creation.
It is not too late to voice your support. You can email the following or use the information below to contact the legislature:
1. Speaker Pat Murphy from Dubuque – Pat.Murphy@legis.state.ia.us
2. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy from Des Moines – Kevin.Mccarthy@legis.state.ia.us
3. Transportation Chair Brian Quirk New Hampton – Brian.Quirk@legis.state.ia.us
4. And your state representative:
You can find contact info. for your legislators here:
You can also call them at: 515-281-3221