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Welcome RAGBRAI!

LLDD welcomes the 2013 edition of RAGBRAI to West Des Moines. Staying with us is a team of riders from Arkansas visiting the state to verify that the land of corn is absolutely not flat! Bicycles, roadways, and vehicles make for an interesting combination where all sorts of things can go wrong. From past experience with RAGBRAI, I've seen the roadway cause riders to fall because of potholes and parallel gaps in the road. We hope the cities and counties that invite RAGBRAI to travel their roadways take reasonable steps to provide a safe ride. In other cases we have dealt with inattentive drivers and even fellow bike riders simply running over people who are going slower. The injuries from bicycle accidents can be gruesome. Even wearing a helmet, head, neck, and upper extremity injuries are common. Broken collar bones, broken arms, broken legs, head injuries, and shoulder injuries ..... we see it all. These words of caution aren't limited to RAGBRAI. Bikes have an absolute right to use the roadway and drivers of automobiles and trucks have an absolute responsibility to see what is there to be seen. It's no excuse that you were messing with your cell phone, lighting a cigarette, or focusing on matters from your day. If you hit a bike rider, you've got trouble. One day I was sitting at my keyboard here at the office and saw a car rear end a bike rider on Grand Avenue right outside our office. The bike even had a light on it! As I say, the types of injuries and the effect of those injuries when you combine bicycles, roadways, and vehicles can be catastrophic.



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