At the 2013 Iowa Legislative Session the 3' passing and door zone laws are back on the table. They were shelved in the past for various reasons.
One year too much was being asked for with the safe passing law asking
for 5', not 3'. There was also a anti-harassment law that would have
imposed fines on motorists who honked, yelled at, and threw objects at
cyclists with the the intention of startling the, causing a cyclist to
lose control and crash. This caused a problem and developed a lot of
enemies from motor clubs, farmer and trucking organizations, etc. It
became so bad a group was formed to try and have law makers completely
ban cyclists from the roadways with state legislation.
As much of a staunch advocate as I am for cyclist rights I largely
disagreed with the above, especially the 5' passing law. No wonder it
The next year they ran out of time because the law makers, most of them
freshmen, were too busy with social agenda crap. Nothing got done in
the interest of traffic safety that year.
It seems some common sense was put into these new Senate and House bills:
SF157 Three Foot Passing Distance
HF244 Three Foot Passing Distance
HF151 Three Foot Passing Distance
The only thing I do not like is the rear lamp or reflector requirement.
It should be a rear light or lamp. NOT either or. It has never made
sense to me that a front head light is required, but not a rear light.
Hopefully this year it will actually pass.