RAGBRAI XLV Countdown – July 23-29, 2017
Friends of RAGBRAI

Ride Right

RIDE RIGHT Community of the Year Award: Council Bluffs



The RIDE RIGHT Community Award is presented each year to the town that best promoted safety events and improved the safety level for riders in their community during RAGBRAI. Council Bluffs really went all out for visiting cyclists in an effort to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

One of the big attractions in Council Bluffs is the new Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge that spans the Missouri River to Omaha, Nebraska.  In keeping with RAGBRAI tradition, the committee wanted riders to have the opportunity to ride the bridge and also safely dip their tires in the Missouri River waters.  “We wanted to provide a unique and safe experience for riders to ride the new Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge,” said Larry Foster, Parks and Recreation Director for Council Bluffs and RAGBRAI Executive Committee member.  Foster came up with the idea of bringing the water to the bridge instead of having the riders attempt to dip their tires in the waters of the Missouri River.  Most of the nearby river banking was extremely steep and dangerous, so a plan was devised by Foster to pump river water up to the bridge. 

“It came down to just days before RAGBRAI of figuring out the right pump that would work for this project,” claims Foster.  The bridge engineering firm, HNTB, was charged with the role of devising a way to pump the river water to the bridge.  “I think it turned out just great!” added Foster.

Police Chief Ralph O’Donnell was a bit concerned when RAGBRAI was first announced to start in Council Bluffs.  The chief called on Capt. Scott Milner, Lt. Dan Flores, Sgt. Chad Meyers and Officer Darren Budd to dive into the planning process for RAGBRAI.   Sgt. Meyers and Officer Budd put together an action plan that addressed all the safety concerns.  Lt. Dan Flores added invaluable insight as an experienced cyclist who had ridden many RAGBRAIs.  They also lined up help from several law enforcement agencies such as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Transportation, Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office and Pottawattamie County 911 Center.

Lynn Rollins headed up the Council Bluffs RIDE RIGHT Committee, but he credits the local bicycle clubs and cyclists for the success.  “We did several training rides on the actual route from Council Bluffs to Red Oak to have cyclists ride the roads and report on them,” said Rollins.  The Bellevue Bike Club, Omaha Pedalers and area cyclists heard about the training rides on Facebook.  In early June, the statewide RIDE RIGHT committee held its official inspection ride that was joined by over 30 area cyclists.  “I give the Law Enforcement Committee a lot of credit for really taking the time on picking the safest route out of town,” adds Rollins.  He claims much debate was had on selecting the safest possible route.

“We are very proud of the efforts of our RIDE RIGHT Committee.  They worked very hard to ensure safety as their first priority,” said Council Bluffs Executive Committee member Tricia LeSieur. “Our Law Enforcement Committee worked for months as well to cover every detail – again, to ensure safety first!”

The RIDE RIGHT video showing is a staple of starting town.  Charlie Schilling, Director of the Mid-America Center, wanted to make sure the riders would be comfortable during the educational session.  Schilling offered the use of the arena and the jumbo screen to show the RIDE RIGHT video on as well as the driver’s safety meeting.  So many riders remarked about the wonderful way to host the safety sessions in the arena.

Congratulations to Council Bluffs on making RAGBRAI as safe as it can be!

7 Responses on “RIDE RIGHT Community of the Year Award: Council Bluffs

Sandaltan

August 27, 2009 at 5:37 pm

My experience in Council Bluffs was indeed First Class. The route out at 6:45 Sunday morning was pure pleasure. My hat is off the the residents of the city and surrounding area.

Terry Whaley

August 28, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Great set up for the kick off of RAGBRAI. Love the bridge…talked to a few of your locals—great folks. Best RAGBRAI send off I can recall. This was my 10th.

Council Bluffs on the short list for living in someday.

Hats off to all and thanks for a great visit.

T.

Glenn Pollock

September 3, 2009 at 4:41 pm

They did a exceptional job at recycling the trash generated by RAGBRAI. Thanks to Keep Council Bluffs Beautiful and the C.B. Solid Waste Management Division. Next years over night stops should do as well.

book cheap flight

March 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is excellent blog. A fantastic read. I will definitely be back.| book cheap flight http://www.funtraveldeals.com/book-flights/

agate cameos bangle

March 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Hi there to every body, it’s my first pay a visit of this blog; this blog consists of amazing and actually good material for readers.| agate cameos bangle http://www.goldmemoriesforever.com

fotograf de nunta

March 23, 2013 at 3:21 am

I was recommended this website by my cousin. I’m not certain whether this put up is written by him as nobody else realize such certain approximately my trouble. You are amazing! Thank you!| fotograf de nunta http://madvideo.ro/fotograf-de-nunta/

AlternativestoGooglese

March 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Many thanks for penning this high-quality submit..Cherished your posts. Be sure to do sustain writing Alternatives to Google search engine http://asdasghdsdfs5hf.co

Leave a Reply

Latest Blog Posts

  • A big thanks to nuun hydration for supporting RAGBRAI

    A big thanks to nuun for supporting RAGBRAI and keeping riders hydrated this summer!

  • Thank you to TransIowa Equipment

    Thank you to TransIowa Equipment for helping keep the #RAGBRAI towns clean every day!

  • Thanks Jamis!

    Just wanted to thank Jamis Bikes for supporting #RAGBRAI this summer. This is the 3rd year Jamis has brought a fleet of bikes to Iowa.

  • Thanks Bianchi!

    Just wanted to thank Bianchi for their continued support of #RAGBRAI every summer by bringing their demo team to Iowa!

  • RAGBRAI Web Store Now Open!

    The RAGBRAI Web Store is NOW OPEN!

  • RAGBRAI Training: Now that RAGBRAI is Over for Another Year, What Should You Do?

    Well, RAGBRAI came and went, and I hope you were well prepared and had a great time. Hopefully you learned something to do better for next year.

  • Adventure Traveler's Video Captures the Essence of RAGBRAI

    Check out this great ‪‎RAGBRAI‬ video from Ryan Van Duzer, who travels the world and creating content aimed at inspiring people to hit the road.

  • Congratulations to the Dream Team on Another Great Year!

    The Dream Team uses the power of a bicycle to assist youth in developing a positive approach to life’s challenges.

  • Congratulations to Grace from Shenandoah for Winning the 2016 RAGBRAI Kid’s Art Contest

    This year’s winner of the RAGBRAI Kid’s Art Contest is 9 year old Grace from Shenandoah. Grace’s artwork depicted the local theme in Shenandoah of “Peace, Love, Ride”

  • Good and bad luck of another unforgettable RAGBRAI

    Amid tragedy and serendipity, you can't make this stuff up.

Latest Videos

  • Take a look back on all the fun moments the Des Moines Register staff captured on video during RAGBRAI 2016.

  • Riders brave the swinging bridge in Columbus Junction.

  • Winds remain out of the northeast for Saturday and with partly sunny skies, highs will hold in the lower 80s. The weekend looks dry for the most part, perfect for those finishing up Ragbrai or maybe heading out to the Indianola Balloon Classic.

  • Omaha-based Team Pump's bus is one of the most colorful, and oldest, team buses currently operating in RAGBRAI.

  • Hal Colliver has been collecting signs since 1973. Its a hobby of his he loves to share with others who often stop by to look at his barn.

  • Teresa Condon and Tracy Henriksen have fun in their infant costumes.

  • Riders take over Wooden Wheel Vineyard

  • The complete century ride, including the Karras Loop, from Leon to Centerville on RAGBRAI 2016.

  • Lyle Dumont has built and rebuilt enough model trains and full size tractors to fill 30,000 square feet of space. Take a look around his collections

  • \u0022The best part of this job is hearing all the thank-yous,\u0022 Iowa State Patrol trooper says.

Find us socially

Email Signup

Sign up for the latest RAGBRAI news and notes (if there is no news in a day, you won’t get an e-mail).

© 2016 RAGBRAI | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy