Propsed legislation on passing and bike visibility

The Iowa House is considering a bill that would require vehicles to change lanes to pass bicycles.  The law would clarify the code to require vehicles to pass bicycles in the same manner as other vehicles. Although bicycles have the same rights (and responsibilities) as vehicles, some courts, law enforcement, and public have struggled with the law because bicycles are not defined as vehicles in Iowa. 

The House has proposed an amendment to the bill to mandate bicyclists wear 144 square inches of hi-viz material on roads with a speed limit of 45 mph or greater during daylight hours. We have not been given the amendment, so we do not know the definition of high-viz colors, location they must be place, angle of viewing, or requirement of aggregate of cumulative area.

Even if you are a person who prefers to wear hi-viz clothing, a mandate does create some legal complications for bicyclists.  Please help us with the survey on mandatory hi-viz requirements.

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* 1. Contact information

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* 2. Do you support mandatory hi viz material on Iowa roads during daytime hours?

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* 3. Other thoughts on mandatory hi viz apparel or material.

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* 4. Do you regularly wear hi viz colors when riding bicycles?

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* 5. What problems do you foresee with a hi viz mandate?

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Availability of hi viz apparel.
Compliance of my current clothing.
Target fixation of motorists (steering towards distractions)
I don't have concerns about the hi-viz mandate
Compliance by infrequent bicyclists.
Where law applies (adjacent trails, crossing roads, trail detours, shoulders).
Law enforcement of hi viz mandate.

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* 6. What factors will reduce bicycle and motor vehicle crashes?

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Cyclist safety education
Safe passing requirements
Stop distracted driving
Improve road design
Cyclist visibility
Increase number of cyclists
Stop drunk driving
Reduce speeding
Lane position of cyclist (riding too far right or left)

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* 7. Where do you prefer to ride?

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