This could spell trouble for one of the nations finest bicycle events:
More Iowa counties are considering a ban on Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.
Crawford County made the move recently after settling a $350,000 lawsuit in which a biker was killed when his tire hit a gap in the road.
Supervisors in Carroll County on Wednesday talked about a similar ban.
Carroll County is just one of several counties talking about a ban, but the Iowa State Association of Counties is asking county leaders to wait before taking any action.
Word of a ban to keep RAGBRAI off the roads in Crawford County quickly got other counties considering similar action.
Many county leaders fear they, too, could be held liable and can’t afford the risk of a lawsuit.
“Counties shouldn’t be in this alone, shouldn’t bear the liability for this on their own if someone gets hurt riding on RAGBRAI,” said David Vestal of the Iowa State Association of Counties.