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Iowa Senate OK bill boosting biker rights

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Whether you drive or ride a bike, a new proposal making its way through the Iowa legislature will enourage everyone to share the road.

The Iowa Senate approved a measure Thursday adding protections for bicyclists that backers claim will make Iowa's roads safer.  The bill now goes to the House.

The measure gives bicyclists the right to ride along roads and requires vehicles give them at least a 5-foot berth when passing. It also requires motorists to stop when crossing sidewalks or bike trails, and gives bicyclists the right of way at uncontrolled intersections.

Sen. Matt McCoy of Des Moines says about 10 bicyclists are killed every year in vehicle crashes. As biking becomes more popular, he says greater protections are needed.

Opponents argued that the new rules could give bikers a false sense of security.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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