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Davenport Planning for RAGBRAI


Now that Davenport has been selected for the final stop on this year's RAGBRAI, planning has started on how to handle thousands of bike riders. And a familiar name is leading one of the committees.

Retired Davenport police captain Dave Struckman has volunteered to be the "public safety coordinator." And that includes planning the route, emergency response, medical care, parking, camping, transportation, and shuttle service. 
He says the first major decision for his committee is the dip site - where the riders officially end their trip across Iowa by dipping their tires in the Mississippi River.
Struckman says his committee also has to plan for the weekend before, when many riders will leave their cars in the Quad Cities, then take a shuttle bus across the state to the starting point at Sioux City, on the Missouri River. 

It's a lot of work for a lot of people.

Possible dip sites include Centennial Park and Credit Island.

This year's RAGBRAI will end in Davenport on July 25th, the same day as the Bix 7 road race - the annual 7-k race that attracts up to 20,000 runners. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.