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New bike legislation would change light, signal rules

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New legislation would change rules regarding Iowa law on bike lights and signaling.

Currently, Iowa cyclists signal to each other and other drivers just using their left hand.

Bike experts say that's pretty old school.

"The horse and buggy stuff, they used to use all the hand signals out the left window because you couldn't put your hand out the right window," says Bike Tech sales manager James Thilges.

The new law would allow riders to use their right hand to signal a right turn.

"You know, people see a right hand go out to the right, they know what that is," says Thilges.

A second law would change the rules on rear lights.

Currently, riders are required to have either a rear reflector or a rear light. The new law would require riders to have lights.

Experts say they're a lot safer than reflectors.

"With a light blinking, you can see it a lot better. It's a lot more visible for motorists and other riders," says Thilges.

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