Sneaks!!!-Bicycle Laws.

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  1. dcd_enterprises

    dcd_enterprises New Member

    Oct 14, 2007
    Wheatland, Iowa
    I don't know about any of you, but I certainly remember riding my bicycle down the road when I was a little guy. It was my main means of transportation if Mom wasn't going somewhere. This state senator (R) obviously doesn't remember, or never was allowed to do it, and now seeks to suck the joy out of everyone elses kids lives. I'M TIRED OF THIS NANNY STATE SOCIALIST CRAP. Last time I checked, kids still do stupid things. I don't think we're going to legislate it away any time soon. Thoughts?

    Senate File 2006 - Introduced

    John Putney
    State Senator
    Senate District 20
    State Capitol
    Des Moines, IA 50319

    Home Address: 1365 - 170th St., Gladbrook, IA, 50635
    Home Telephone: 641-473-2129

    Occupation: Exec. Dir. Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation
    Business Telephone: 515-262-3111
    Business Fax: 641-473-3096


    Passed Senate, Date Passed House, Date
    Vote: Ayes Nays Vote: Ayes Nays


    1 An Act requiring bicyclists riding on state or county highways to
    2 have a license and providing for fees and penalties.
    4 TLSB 5062SS 82
    5 md/nh/14


    1 1 Section 1. Section 321.236, subsection 10, Code Supplement
    1 2 2007, is amended to read as follows:
    1 3 10. Regulating the operation of bicycles and requiring the
    1 4 registration and licensing of the same, including the
    1 5 requirement of a registration fee. However, the regulations
    1 6 shall not conflict with the provisions of section 321.234 or
    1 7 321.275A.
    1 8 Sec. 2. NEW SECTION. 321.275A BICYCLIST'S LICENSES ==
    1 9 FEES == PENALTIES.
    1 10 1. As used in this section:
    1 11 a. "License" means a privilege granted by the department
    1 12 to ride or operate a bicycle.
    1 13 b. "License agent" means an individual, business, or
    1 14 governmental agency authorized to sell a license.
    1 15 c. "Person" means a person who meets the requirements for
    1 16 residency described in section 321.1A.
    1 17 2. a. Except as otherwise provided in paragraph "b", a
    1 18 person shall not operate or ride a bicycle on a primary or
    1 19 secondary road, including bicycle lanes, without first
    1 20 obtaining a license and paying a ten dollar license fee.
    1 21 b. A license issued pursuant to this section shall not be
    1 22 required:
    1 23 (1) To ride or operate a bicycle on a municipal street.
    1 24 (2) To ride or operate a bicycle on a designated bicycle
    1 25 path.
    1 26 (3) To participate in a race or event of more than thirty
    1 27 participants where one of the primary activities of the race
    1 28 or event is riding or operating a bicycle.
    1 29 (4) To ride or operate a bicycle as a participant of a
    1 30 parade.
    1 31 c. A person who violates this subsection is guilty of a
    1 32 simple misdemeanor punishable as a scheduled violation under
    1 33 section 805.8A, subsection 4, paragraph "d".
    1 34 3. a. A license issued pursuant to this section shall be
    1 35 issued by the department or a license agent as specified by
    2 1 rule of the department.
    2 2 b. A license is valid from the date issued for a period of
    2 3 five years.
    2 4 c. A license shall contain all of the following:
    2 5 (1) The licensee's name.
    2 6 (2) The licensee's date of birth.
    2 7 (3) The licensee's address.
    2 8 (4) The licensee's signature.
    2 9 (5) The date the license was issued.
    2 10 (6) The license number.
    2 11 d. Licenses shall be upon such forms as the department
    2 12 shall adopt. Blank licenses shall be printed by the
    2 13 department and distributed to license agents.
    2 14 e. All information on the license shall be in ink.
    2 15 f. The department may authorize the sale of licenses
    2 16 through the department's web site.
    2 17 4. a. The department may designate license agents for the
    2 18 sale of licenses, but in so doing the interest of the state
    2 19 shall be fully protected.
    2 20 b. A license agent shall be responsible for all of the
    2 21 following:
    2 22 (1) Collecting all fees for licenses sold by the license
    2 23 agent.
    2 24 (2) Recording and remitting to the department all
    2 25 information contained on each license document.
    2 26 (3) Maintaining the information and fees collected by the
    2 27 license agent in a secure location.
    2 28 c. A license agent shall retain a writing fee of one
    2 29 dollar from the sale of each license. The remaining fees
    2 30 shall be remitted to the department.
    2 31 d. Fees collected by the department under this section
    2 32 shall be deposited in the road use tax fund.
    2 33 e. The department shall maintain a database of all
    2 34 information contained on license documents.
    2 35 f. The department shall establish, by rule, specific
    3 1 requirements for remittance of funds and license document
    3 2 information, and the necessary accounting and reporting
    3 3 requirements based on the manner and location of the issuance
    3 4 of a license document.
    3 5 g. All unused license forms shall be surrendered by the
    3 6 license agent to the department upon the department's demand.
    3 7 5. When a license has been lost, destroyed, or stolen, the
    3 8 department may issue a replacement license if, on examination
    3 9 of the evidence, the department is satisfied that the license
    3 10 has been lost, destroyed, or stolen. A replacement license
    3 11 shall be plainly marked "duplicate". The replacement shall
    3 12 serve in lieu of the original license and it shall contain the
    3 13 same information as the original. Each replacement license
    3 14 shall require a two dollar fee paid to the department. The
    3 15 department shall deposit all fees collected from the issuance
    3 16 of replacement licenses in the road use tax fund. License
    3 17 agents shall not issue replacement licenses.
    3 18 6. A person riding or operating a bicycle on a primary or
    3 19 secondary road shall show the person's license to any peace
    3 20 officer when requested by the peace officer to do so. A
    3 21 failure to carry or refusal to show or exhibit the person's
    3 22 license is a violation of this subsection. A person who
    3 23 violates this subsection is guilty of a simple misdemeanor
    3 24 punishable as a scheduled violation under section 805.8A,
    3 25 subsection 4, paragraph "d". Upon the conviction of a person
    3 26 under this subsection, the person's license shall be revoked
    3 27 by the department. Upon revocation of a license the
    3 28 department or a license agent shall not grant the person a new
    3 29 license for a period of one year. However, a person charged
    3 30 with violating this subsection shall not be convicted if the
    3 31 person produces in court, prior to the court date indicated on
    3 32 the citation, a license issued to the person and valid when
    3 33 the person was charged with a violation of this subsection.
    3 34 7. When a license is revoked, the date, cause, and tenure
    3 35 of such revocation shall be kept on file with the department.
    4 1 The department shall refuse to issue a new license to any
    4 2 person whose privilege for obtaining a license is revoked.
    4 3 8. The department may establish, by rule, fees for lists
    4 4 of licensees. Notwithstanding section 22.3, the fee for a
    4 5 list of licensees may exceed the cost of preparing the list
    4 6 and providing the copying service.
    4 7 Sec. 3. Section 805.8A, subsection 4, Code 2007, is
    4 8 amended to read as follows:
    4 9 4. Driver's license and bicyclist's license violations.
    4 10 a. For violations under sections 321.174A, 321.180,
    4 11 321.180B, 321.193, and 321.194, the scheduled fine is thirty
    4 12 dollars.
    4 13 b. For a violation of section 321.216, the scheduled fine
    4 14 is seventy=five dollars.
    4 15 c. For violations under sections 321.174, 321.216B,
    4 16 321.216C, 321.219, and 321.220, the scheduled fine is one
    4 17 hundred dollars.
    4 18 d. For violations under section 321.275A, the scheduled
    4 19 fine is ten dollars.
    4 21 This bill requires all persons who operate or ride a
    4 22 bicycle on a primary or secondary road to have a bicyclist's
    4 23 license. A nonresident bicyclist is not required to obtain a
    4 24 license. A license is not required to ride on a municipal
    4 25 street or designated bicycle path. A license is also not
    4 26 required to ride a bicycle while participating in a race or
    4 27 event of more than 30 participants where one of the primary
    4 28 activities is riding a bicycle. A person who violates the new
    4 29 requirement is guilty of a simple misdemeanor and must pay a
    4 30 scheduled fine of $10.
    4 31 The bill allows the department of transportation or a
    4 32 specified license agent to grant licenses. The bill also
    4 33 authorizes the department to sell licenses through the
    4 34 department's web site. Each license requires payment of a $10
    4 35 fee and is valid for five years. Every license must contain
    5 1 the licensee's name, date of birth, address, and signature, as
    5 2 well as the license number and date the license was issued.
    5 3 The bill requires the department to maintain a database of all
    5 4 information contained on the license.
    5 5 License agents designated by the department are responsible
    5 6 for collecting all fees for licenses sold by the license
    5 7 agent, recording and remitting to the department all
    5 8 information contained on each license document, and
    5 9 maintaining the information and fees collected in a secure
    5 10 location. The bill requires each license agent to retain $1
    5 11 of the $10 license fee. The remaining portion of the fee is
    5 12 remitted to the department for deposit in the road use tax
    5 13 fund.
    5 14 Replacement licenses may be issued by the department if the
    5 15 department is satisfied that the license has been lost,
    5 16 destroyed, or stolen. The replacement license costs $2 and
    5 17 must be labeled as a "duplicate". Fees collected from the
    5 18 issuance of replacement licenses must be deposited in the road
    5 19 use tax fund. License agents are not permitted to issue
    5 20 replacement licenses.
    5 21 The bill requires every person riding a bicycle on a
    5 22 primary or secondary road to show the person's license to any
    5 23 peace officer when requested by the peace officer to do so. A
    5 24 failure to carry or a refusal to show the person's license
    5 25 constitutes a simple misdemeanor and a $10 fine is imposed. A
    5 26 conviction for failing to carry or refusing to show a license
    5 27 also results in the revocation of the license and a suspension
    5 28 of the person's privilege to obtain a license for a period of
    5 29 one year. A charge of failing to carry or refusal to show a
    5 30 license will be dismissed if the person produces in court,
    5 31 prior to the court date indicated on the citation, a license
    5 32 issued to the person that was valid when the person was
    5 33 charged with a violation.
    5 34 When a license is revoked, the date, cause, and tenure of
    5 35 the revocation must be kept on file with the department. Upon
    6 1 revocation of a license, the department or a license agent
    6 2 shall not grant a new license for a period of one year.
    6 3 The bill also authorizes the department to establish fees
    6 4 for lists of licensees.
    6 5 LSB 5062SS 82
    6 6 md/nh/14
  2. Nighthawk

    Nighthawk New Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    South Central Texas
    can't think of reply that's printable :mad:
  3. bunnyhunter12

    bunnyhunter12 New Member

    May 8, 2007
    Newfoundland, Canada
    Okay a couple of months back a child in St. John's, Newfoundland(where I go to school) was struck and killed by a dump truck while crossing the street on his bicycle, coming from a playground.

    The city officials, despite public outcry, refused to do anything about what parent's called a dangerous situation, where there is a playground, right on the side of the road with no cross walks or even signs warning about children at play.

    Now I'm not SURE if a crosswalk would have saved that little boy, but it wouldn't have hurt. The council says there is not sufficient traffic on the road to warrant a crosswalk. Now I'm also not sure about the towns budget but I'm sure a half gallon of paint won't break the coffers. I guess some politicians can be stupid in number of ways when it comes to the safety of children. Some want to wrap them in bubble wrap and have them watch Barney and friends until they're 18 and others couldn't be bothered to spend $30 on paint to throw two lines on a road.

    It all makes me angry.
  4. dcd_enterprises

    dcd_enterprises New Member

    Oct 14, 2007
    Wheatland, Iowa
    Well, Nighthawk, You've got the man's e'mail address:eek::mad::rolleyes::D
  5. dcd_enterprises

    dcd_enterprises New Member

    Oct 14, 2007
    Wheatland, Iowa
    Putting in a crosswalk, traffic lights, or signs, is at least the gov't's job. Limiting the freedom of children to be children
    1.) for their own protection.
    2.) To line the coffers of the Road use fund.

    Isn't the gov't job, nor should they have or be given the authority to do so.
  6. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Owyhee County, Idaho
    Disgusting, he musta been a wimp as a child and felt he was bullied by kids on bicycles and this is his much belated revenge. JMHO
  7. TheJakster2

    TheJakster2 New Member

    May 6, 2007
    Nuff said.
  8. glocknut

    glocknut New Member

    Dec 14, 2003
    It seems to be the nature of the government to grab more and more money and power as time goes by.
    And it seems that most Americans are too fat, lazy and happy enough to do anything about it.... :mad:

  9. Bruce FLinch

    Bruce FLinch New Member

    Aug 27, 2005
    Bay Point, Kali..aka Gun Point
    The Repub's have enough problem's trying to stay in office, & this guy wants to piss off the kids, too! :(
  10. durk

    durk New Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    I guess I don't see how having a bicycle license would have helped this kid. Was this kid riding a bike that would not have passed inspection??:confused:
    Schwinn cannot be happy with this republican.
  11. dge479

    dge479 New Member

    Oct 6, 2004
    Haskell NJ

    Thank you.
  12. Michael G

    Michael G New Member

    Dec 4, 2007
    Garland Texas
    With each of these new laws we are being herded toward a holding pen called a communism state and society. Little by little,(law by law), pieces of the puzzle are being snapped in place to free us from our burdon called freedom.
  13. 3/2 STA SS

    3/2 STA SS Active Member

    Aug 9, 2010
    Tampa Bay Area, FL
    I can assure you that this is being done to extract $$ from the illegals that come to our country and figure out that ''once I get arrested a few times for driving with out a driver's license that I shold begin to ride a bike''. I have seen this first hand in Florida. It has nothing to do with the people of your state-trust me.
  14. carver

    carver Moderator

    Jul 28, 2008
    DAV, Deep in the Pineywoods of East Texas, just we
    I did send him a little e-mail:

    Are you nuts? Are you a Republican? I personally think that you are nuts, and that you are a Cumunist Demoncrate in discuise! Hear us! Smaller Government, not crazy laws that inslave us!
  15. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    Well, it appears that I'm in the minority here.

    I'd fully support the guy.

    I work in Seattle and the car/bike battle gets very heated.
    I'm tired of seeing on a daily basis, the arrogance these spandex clad, holier than thou, cyclists flaunting the law. They are required to obey the same laws that motor vehicles do.

    Yet they blow stop signs, run lights, ride on the sidewalks when convenient, and whine about being held accountable (not that they ever are). They complain about being 'cut off' at intersections by drivers turning right at intersections. In Washington, you cannot pass on the shoulder. Who's fault is it? The cyclist, but Seattle doesn't see it that way. Instead, we install these:

    15 THOUSAND dollars a pop so these ego driven idiots can get a free pass.:mad: And they should pay nothing for this benefit?:confused: Drivers should foot the entire bill?:eek:

    It ain't the kids this is attacking. It's the adult, out of control, law breaking bike riders.

    I've had enough of this crap, and it's about time the cyclists paid there way.
    Sadly, the kids will get involved if an officer has little else to do. Discretion is the better part of valor.

    I'd like to hear a little from the senator on the matter. Not simply what he endorses.

    I'd be willing to bet that the kids are not even on the radar, tho they may also be subject.
  16. dcd_enterprises

    dcd_enterprises New Member

    Oct 14, 2007
    Wheatland, Iowa
    WELL, IF YOU SENT AN E-MAIL, I'M SURE IT CONFUSED THE MAN... Sorry. didn't know caps-lock was on. This was from over 2 years ago LOL
  17. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    And what was the result?
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