By Lindsey Moon & Charity Nebbe - posted HERE Sep 1, 2015 via Iowa Public Radio.
of a central Iowa cyclist in a drunk driving accident last month has
sparked a conversation among bikers and motorists about keeping cyclists
safe on our state’s roadways.
Mark Wyatt, Executive Director of
the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, says that while Iowa has three to five
cycling deaths per year, if you compare that on a per capita basis,
we’re not having fewer accidents than anywhere else.
to make some changes with what we’re doing here,” Wyatt explains.
“Penalties are fairly light. If injuries are fairly light, it’s a $500
fine and a 3 month driving suspension. If injuries are severe it’s a
$1000 fine and a 6 month suspension.”
Wyatt compares those
penalties to Oregon where motorists who hit cyclists are fined up to
$12,000. In Iowa, most accidents happen near intersections, and most
cycling deaths in Iowa are a result of a biker being rear-ended on a
During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host
Charity Nebbe talks with Wyatt and Andrea Boulton, Trails Coordinator
for the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Ethan Fawley, Executive
Director of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition also joins the show