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Bicyclists in Iowa won’t legally need red rear light this year after bill shelved

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 2.15.45 PMDES MOINES – The Iowa House ended consideration of a bill that would have required bicyclists to have a red read tail light between sunset and sunrise.

The bill, SF424, would have required bicycle riders to use a rear-facing bicycle light between sunset and sunrise. Earlier, in March, the Iowa Senate voted 45-5 to pass the bill and send it to the House.

However, last week, House leaders ended consideration of the bill.  According to the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, the bill was not placed on the “Unfinished Business” calendar this past Thursday. As a result, the bill is returned to the House Transportation Committee. The bill may be considered by the House Transportation Committee next session.

If the bill had passed and was signed by the governor, it would have required bicyclists in Iowa to use a white headlight and red tail light when riding a bicycle at night.  Iowa law requires, at this time, only a forward-facing white light and a red rear reflector.




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