I have some questions for forester and his acolytes. What do you think of the 3' passing laws that motorists have to obey when passing a cyclist? There are currently 15 states that have such laws. Iowa is going to be number 16 with a law requiring drivers to pass no closer then 5'.
Last year the proposed laws were brought before the Hosue and Senate through the efforts of the state bicycle advocacy group, the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, or IBC. The new laws passed the Senate but stalled out in the House due to missing a deadline. At this Legislative Session it will be reintroduced in the House and should pass this time and then hopefully be signed by Gov. Culver.
Among this there are also other laws in what has come to be called the "Bicycle Bill of Rights". Of course that is not the official title of the proposed law. One interesting item is the anti-dooring law. It seems there is already a state law that covers this if a parked motorist doors a cyclist. Removing this from the new proposed law should move things along a little faster, thus helping to get this passed sooner.
Do the vc advocates view this as something that is against vc? What is your position on something like this? Do you have the belief if cyclists always ride vc there is no need for a law like this?
In light of this information and questions I am asking, I am requesting that you stay away from the Iowa Legislative Session. We do not need you screwing things up for cyclists in Iowa. We are taking care of this ourselves and the IBC does a great job at representing cyclists interests in this state.