From the Missouri to the Mississippi, bicycling is a wonderful way to enjoy Iowa. Iowa is home to RAGBRAI, the oldest, largest and longest-running recreational bicycle touring event in the world. Iowa is also home to huge cycling culture, beautifully expansive trailways, and tens of thousands of miles of underused highways, yet drivers and bicyclists are still learning how to safely share the roads. Lawyer Jim Freeman is fighting for the rights of bicyclists, some of the most vulnerable users of Iowa’s roadways.
Representation in Iowa Bicycle Crash Cases
Freeman Kevenides Law Firm
He is the founding partner of the Freeman Kevenides Law Firm, a personal injury practice dedicated to helping bicyclists throughout the Midwest. Begun in Chicago, the firm now practices in Iowa (because that’s where Jim wants to raise his child).
All members of the FK Law team are cyclists who participate in the local bicycling community by donating time and finances to groups that promote cycling and improve conditions for bicyclists. They also attend group rides, sponsor racing teams, and frequently commute to work by bicycle.
Known as “Lawyer Jim,” he believes that immersing himself in his hobby for a living is his favorite thing about practicing bike law. For many years, Jim has volunteered and worked with local bicycle advocacy organizations educating people about their rights and responsibilities.
Jim gives regular “legal cycling” presentations to bike clubs throughout the Midwest in an effort to educate cyclists about safety issues and how to handle collisions, assaults, and accidents.
An icon in Chicago’s vibrant cycling community, James Freeman is known by many simply as “Lawyer Jim.” For many years, he has volunteered and worked with local bicycle advocacy organizations educating people about their rights and responsibilities. He gives regular “legal cycling” presentations to bike clubs throughout Illinois in an effort to educate cyclists about safety issues and how to handle collisions, assaults and accidents. Jim has over a decade of experience working for and against insurance companies. This experience gives him a tactical advantage over both the insurance companies and their defense attorneys.
Uniquely, he also has many years of experience as a bicycle mechanic. True to his passion, Jim still enjoys “turning a wrench” in the shop occasionally. He teaches wheel building classes at West Town Bikes in Chicago where he is also on the Board of Directors. He is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious group of trial lawyers who have won multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients.
Iowa Bicycle Laws
It’s important to know your legal rights (and duties) when bicycling in Iowa. It is especially important after a bicycle accident (we call them bicycle “crashes” and explain why here).
For any questions about the State’s bike laws, or about your rights to the road, contact attorney Jim Freeman directly.
Right to the Road
- Iowa bicyclists generally have the same rights, and same duties, as drivers of motor vehicles.
- Sirens are not permitted on bicycles except for use by a police or fire department.
- There is no statewide requirement for helmet use.
Where to Ride
- Bicycles are to ride as close as practicable and safe to the right side of the roadway except when overtaking another vehicle or when preparing to make a left turn.
- Iowa state law is silent as to bicycling on the sidewalk, but some municipalities prohibit sidewalk biking.
- Iowa City – City Plaza or Commercial District
- Cedar Rapids – Business District
- Fairfield – Central Business District
Bike Lanes, Bike Paths and Multi-Use Paths
- Iowa bicyclists are not required to ride in or upon bike lanes or paths.
Contact Bike Law About Your Iowa Bicycle Accident
It only takes a minute to fill out our Bicycle Crash Report Form. If you have been injured in an Iowa bike accident, by a defective bicycle product, or because of an unsafe road condition and would like to discuss your case with an Iowa bicycle accident attorney who gets cycling, Jim welcomes your call for a free consultation. He can be reached at 319-382-0881 and [email protected].
Iowa Bike Law Speakers
If you would like Bike Law to come speak to your club or at your shop, please contact us.
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