Iowa bike crash fatalities are still on the rise, with the eighth fatality this year occurring on July 19. 58-year old Dan Lehn, a professor at Coe College, was hit and killed early Tuesday morning by a pick-up truck at the intersection of Highway 965 and Meadow Road NE in Johnson County. From 2011 to 2015, there were only four bike fatalities each year according to the Iowa Bicycle Coalition. They also stated that half of bike fatalities are caused by motor vehicles failing to yield when passing the bicyclist. The Coalition is working to pass laws that will require drivers to change lanes before passing and that will increase the penalties for drivers violating the rules of the road that were meant to protect bicyclists. Iowa's RAGBRAI is set to begin next week and bicyclists will be on the roads in greater numbers, requiring drivers to keep a closer lookout and safer distance to ensure against further deaths of bicyclists.
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