A group calling themselves, “Citizens for Safety Coalition of Iowa,” is asking people to sign a petition that asks the legislature to create a ballot initiative for the November 2010 election that would ban bicycles on "farm-to-market" roads in that state.
Farm to Market roads would be just about any rural road in the state.
The spokesman for the group is a Dan Jones of Van Meter, Iowa, and therein lays a strange twist of irony. Dan Jones just happens to be a gun dealer, and if ever there is an issue in the United States that is all about people’s rights it is “The Right to Bear Arms.”
One would think of all people Dan Jones would be a person to uphold the rights of others; the word hypocrite immediately springs to mind. It seems gun owners have rights but cyclists don’t.
This whole petition is under the pretense of safety. How many people own guns and accidentaly shoot themselves or others? No one talks of banning gun ownership for safety reasons.
And how many people are being killed by cyclists on Iowa roads? None probably, it is the other way round, cyclists killed by motor vehicles. It is the old blame the victim.
I wonder if someone was accidentally shot by one of Mr. Jones guns, he would say that person shouldn’t have been standing there when the gun went off.
This petition has nothing to do with safety, it is about hatred of a minority who choose to ride a bicycle on a public roads as is their right.
Update Fri. 7th, Aug.
According to this article by Ed Wagner, who researched the story a little deeper than I did, this petition does not have any legal standing and will die a natural death.
All it does is show the hypocrisy and ignorance there is out there, and movements like these just stir up more anti cycling sentiment. I think is is best just to report the matter, but not be drawn into a debate where no one wins