Has anyone else been following the proposed Dubuque County Supervisor’s Special Events Ordinance? It will require all walks/runs/rides/cruises on county roads to apply for a permit 6 weeks before the event, pay a $50 fee, meet with the sheriff, and pay $50/hr for any time above 2 hrs for the event. Violators will face a $500 penalty. They claim it is for safety/budget reasons. Since most rides are for nonprofit organizations or for fun, and not for profit, I think this will be a huge detriment for organized group rides. Bad for cycling and any other events that utilize county roads, bad for area businesses that rely on tourism, and bad for non-profits. Unfortunately this is going to encourage other counties to do the same. If this ordinance passes, I think Ragbrai should boycott and avoid Dubuque County in future routes.