Thursday, February 26, 2009

Iowa Senate Passes Bike Safety Bill

This afternoon, the Iowa Senate passed the bike safety bill (formerly known as the "Bicycle Bill of Rights"). The best quorte of the debate came from, I think, Senator Quirmbach from Story County. He actually borrowed the quote from the character Sancho Panza in the musical Man of La Mancha, "Whether the stone hits the pitcher or the pitcher hits the stone it's going to be bad for the pitcher." Special thanks to local Senators Joe Bolkcom and Bob Dvorsky for their support. The bill will face some challenges in the Iowa House, so let your representative know you support the safety of cyclists and they should too!

A portion of the debate focused on bicyclist fatalities. It made me think of my old friend and cycling companion, Kevin Joyce. Kevin was killed by a motorist in June of 1995 while riding to West Branch. RIP Kevin.


3 comments:

Red said...

I will eat one old riding glove for each motorist ticketed for passing a bicycle at a distance less than five feet.

Will you give me a dollar for each bicyclist ticketed for not having registered his bicycle?

You ought to know that it doesn't matter how the law is written, but how it is enforced.

This bill is nothing but an excuse to get all bicyclists entered in some database.

You have quite a nerve telling me that I support this.

I hope it is defeated in the House.

Cody G. said...

Brian, thanks for sharing the info as well as your memories & photos of you & Kevin. I appreciate it.

Brian L said...

Red,

Amendment 3030 strikes the section regarding bicycle registration. So the bill passed by the Senate did not contain that provision.