Traffic control in Davenport abysmal

After giving up on the 1/4 long line to dip our tires, we proceeded to our groups assigned staging location. Little did we know that would be a 4 mile gauntlet to North Park Mall onto Hwy 61 / Brady St..

Forcing riders onto a 4 lane one way road with cars zipping by at 45 mph is nothing short of asininely negligent. That kind of total disregard for riders safety should not be tolerated. We heard later that a rider from another group was hit on that stretch and they started shuttling riders from downtown.

It’s one thing for a town to come up short on services, but when it comes to safety there is no excuse. If that is the best Davenport can do, RAGBRAI should seriously consider whether to let them host in the future.

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Mike Howe, July 31, 2018 at 6:33 pm

There was also some big running race that same day. Several local residents told me Davenport holds the race every year and it was a big deal. I wonder if the city of Davenport might have stretched itself thin with the running race and ragbrai on the same day?

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Gallagher, July 31, 2018 at 6:53 pm

I wish Davenport would NEVER be an end site. It seems the Bix road race is a much bigger deal for the city (and rightfully so, as it’s an annual deal) and aside from the tire dip, there isn’t much enthusiasm for us RAGBRAIers in Davenport. The ride to North Park Mall all but proved that!

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Derek Eilderts, July 31, 2018 at 7:38 pm

Since our vehicle was parked in Bluegrass we found a sweet little tire dip spot just before Montpelier. There was no sign for it but I happened to see it as we were riding by. Might have been only 3-4 other riders there doing the same thing. At the time I wondered why more weren’t taking advantage of the opportunity. Now I’m really glad we didn’t go all the way to Davenport.

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jake d, July 31, 2018 at 8:18 pm

This was Davenports 3rd time in the last eight years. I missed the last ending, but before that they had all the charters ride approx. 3 miles up the trail along the river to a large parking lot next to a casino. That route was infinitely safer than this years.

Not sure why the change, but there has to be a safer place and route to finish up the ride.
Yes Bix is always going to be the big show in town, but if they can’t handle both safely, take your name out of the hat.

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BarryTantlinger, July 31, 2018 at 8:20 pm

The roads are crap in Davenport, aren’t they?

And the dip site line was stupid. People have tight schedules the last day and having to wait in line for the dip is impossible for some people.

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hnschipper, July 31, 2018 at 9:09 pm

The Bix has been around almost as long as RAGBRAI. It’s a huge deal in Davenport. I don’t think Davenport should host both on the same day – too much for a town even the size of Davenport. RAGBRAI will always take second fiddle to the Bix.

We waited for 45 minutes in the line to dip our tires. Probably the longest we’ve ever waited in my 17 rides. We found out that a large group in front of us was taking individual pictures of every person on the 50+ member team dipping tires and that’s why we didn’t move in so long. We noticed how unexciting the dip site was. We rode all week and that’s kind of the big finish and we stand in line waiting forever to dip in near silence – no music or festivities at all at the dip site. All of that was removed from the dip site – why???

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jwsknk, July 31, 2018 at 10:31 pm

We loaded up in Rock Island. Saw that line about 2:30 and headed upstream to another spot.

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RDaryl Daryl, August 1, 2018 at 7:47 am

You can buy one of the many Davenport Route signs on ebay for $19.75 plus $7.90 shipping as a keepsake reminder !

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Bikingaddict, August 2, 2018 at 11:57 am

It’s a little late now – but there was another boat ramp just past the RAGBRAI Village (next to the Sky Bridge) that served us and many others well with minimal waiting. End-town dip sites are almost always have long waits. Combine that with making day 7 the longest ride of the week* and all the charters insisting on riders being back by 2 or 3 p.m. and you end up with frustration or people that don’t get their moment of glory. For many people, completing RAGBRAI is a big accomplishment both physically and mentally. Having that picture with your tire dipped or with your bike hoisted over your head is something tangible you can show friends and family with pride. The end-town committees need to remember this and plan to accommodate the huge number of people that want to dip their tires.

* For anyone who wants to argue Day 7 being the longest mileage of the week (excluding the Karras Loop) – for some silly reason RAGBRAI seems to measure the official distances from the far edges of town instead of from main campground to main campground. My charter was right next to the main campground (City Park) and I was 5.75 miles in before I reached the “official” starting point for the day (Terry Trueblood Rec Area).

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jake d, August 2, 2018 at 4:54 pm

There was a time when the official mileage was roughly between main campgrounds.
That has not been true for some years now. Me thinks this is not by accident.
That way RAGBRAI can promote the ride as shorter than it actually is, which is better for business, and business is booming.
The ride started as a whim. Karras & Kaul sold the idea as promotion. Then it became a nonprofit, but today it is all about making $$$.

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Cory Rood, August 2, 2018 at 5:28 pm

There was a time when the official mileage was roughly between main campgrounds.
That has not been true for some years now. Me thinks this is not by accident.
That way RAGBRAI can promote the ride as shorter than it actually is, which is better for business, and business is booming.
The ride started as a whim. Karras & Kaul sold the idea as promotion. Then it became a nonprofit, but today it is all about making $$$.

Give me a 550 mile/ 20k’ vert. week!

I agree though, I fear we are in a cycle of top 5 shortest/flattest/easiest.

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jelly0317, August 2, 2018 at 6:07 pm

Maybe you should plan on doing the Triple Bypass next year instead of RAGBRAI.

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Cory Rood, August 2, 2018 at 6:28 pm

Maybe you should plan on doing the Triple Bypass next year instead of RAGBRAI.

Nah, I still enjoy the vibe of RAGBRAI, just getting tired of hearing every year that it’s short and flat.

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jake d, August 3, 2018 at 5:41 pm

Cory you would have loved the ride when Jim Greene was wagonmaster. Average days were 75 miles, 80-90+ were common, and 500+ mile weeks were not that unusual. Add in 4-5k feet of climb, especially on the first couple days.
By the way, you can’t go by the past overnight town grid to get these numbers because that was the announced mileage. It Always Grew.
So all you need is a stainless steal bike with a Flux Capacitor

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Bill Easterly, August 3, 2018 at 6:04 pm

Yes! triple bypass, or the tour de steamboat

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