Kill the “yellow for cyclists” idea

Update: Mark Wyatt reported on Facebook that the bill passed the House Human Resource Committee, and without any requirement for yellow clothing or mirrors.

Be visible and be aware of your surroundings, though. Get a mirror and a helmet.

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Apparently some lawmakers are taking the “cyclists should wear yellow” thing pretty seriously, hence this urgent request from Iowa Bicycle Coalition this afternoon:

The Human Resource Committee is discussing the bike safety bill and will pick it back up at 5 PM today.

The fight to make bicyclists wear 50% yellow clothing for your safety is getting serious. WE NEED EMAILS NOW.

1. Reflective and yellow clothing doesn’t work if you don’t have headlights to reflect. It is worse in low-light situations and curves. The current law for lights is effective.

2. Mirror requirements are bound to surface. Mirrors are good tools, but any driver’s ed instructor will tell you they don’t replace a head turn and look. They have blind spots and prevent scanning.

Bicycle supporters are advised to contact the following members of the House Human Resources Committee. Please tell them to support the amended Bike Safety and Responsibility Bill.

Representative Mark Smith and Representative Sharon Steckman are supportive of the bill. No need to contact them at this time. Concentrate on the list below.

COPY AND PASTE THIS LIST:
deborah.berry@legis.state.ia.us,
linda.miller@legis.state.ia.us,
ako.abdul-samad@legis.state.ia.us,
dwayne.alons@legis.state.ia.us,
clel.baudler@legis.state.ia.us,
greg.forristall@legis.state.ia.us,
dave.heaton@legis.state.ia.us,
lisa.heddens@legis.state.ia.us,
bruce.hunter@legis.state.ia.us,
kevin.koester@legis.state.ia.us,
mary.mascher@legis.state.ia.us,
tyler.olson@legis.state.ia.us,
janet.petersen@legis.state.ia.us,
renee.schulte@legis.state.ia.us,
chuck.soderberg@legis.state.ia.us,
phyllis.thede@legis.state.ia.us,
linda.upmeyer@legis.state.ia.us,
roger.wendt@legis.state.ia.us,
beth.wessel-kroeschell@legis.state.ia.us

SAMPLE EMAIL

Dear Representative,

Please support the Bike Safety Bill, amended Senate File 117. It is fair to both motorists and bicyclists. We need a 5′ passing law for bicyclists.

1. Reflective and yellow clothing doesn’t work if you don’t have headlights to reflect. It is worse in low-light situations and curves. The current law for lights is effective.

2. Mirror requirements are bound to surface. Mirrors are good tools, but any driver’s ed instructor will tell you they don’t replace a head turn and look. They have blind spots and prevent scanning.

The required passing distance could save lives. The dangerous behavior towards vulnerable highway users should not be tolerated in Iowa.
Sincerely,
YOUR NAME

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1 Response to “Kill the “yellow for cyclists” idea”


  1. 1 Georgie February 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I sent it off! Hoping it works. The thing is, MOST cyclist DO wear brightly coloured clothing…we WANT to be seen! Many cyclist wearing bright clothing STILL GET HIT! I sincerely doubt if wearing yellow will make a difference in accidents. Keeping cars away from us WILL!


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