Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Anti Biking Laws Proposed

Cycling Friends,

The following is a posting on the BikeIowa.org listserv. I will refrain from further comment until I can dream up some diplomatic way to address what a complete load this all is.

This is a heads up on a proposal that is being considered in Jackson County
and maybe all counties. We will be informing you when these ordinances are
being drafted and when they are scheduled on an agenda. We desperately need
cyclists to take action and go to the meetings, contact their elected
officials, and stop this in it's tracks.

*Cycling Ordinance being considered by Jackson County*

The proposed ordinance for counties was distributed at a recent meeting of
the Iowa County Engineers Association. It looks like a private effort, not
endorsed by ICEA, and it does not appear on the ICEA website.

Provisions include requiring a permit to hold a Cycling Event using county
roads, a 60 day lead time, a permit fee, proof of insurance for the Event, a
certificate of additional insured, an Appeal process for an aggrieved
person, revocation conditions, and a fine for violating the permit terms. A
Cycling Event is defined at 30 cyclists (reduced to 20 by the Jackson County
Board) where the event is publicly advertised and/or has an entry fee or

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