Greater Burlington Residents
Welcome, Greater Burlington Residents. This space is dedicated to keeping you up-to-date on Burlington RAGBRAI news.
As Burlington RAGBRAI fast approaches, safety is at the forefront of the Burlington RAGBRAI Committee for riders and local residents. The Burlington RAGBRAI Committee has worked with City officials and Police departments to coordinate a safe route into town for riders while limiting the effect of street closures on residents.
In order to keep riders and residents safe, traffic will be detoured at select locations. As riders come into town, Gear Avenue, South of the Hospital as well as a portion of West Avenue will be closed except to local traffic. In addition, Mason Road between Roosevelt Avenue & Hageman Avenue will be closed to traffic except for those who live along the route. A detour will be set up at Starr Avenue to detour vehicles to Division Street. In downtown Burlington Front Street will be closed from Valley Street to Columbia St to accommodate RAGBRAI Vendors. Jefferson Street will be closed from Front Street to 6th Street for the RAGBRAI Village. Main Street will be open to traffic. 5th Streets will be closed between Washington & Jefferson as well as Washington Street between 6th Street & 5th Street to accommodate bike traffic to Snake Alley.
Local traffic is encouraged to steer clear of the closed sections, especially during heavy bike traffic times between 10 AM and 4 PM. If you are out driving, please be vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times throughout the day and night. Please follow these tips and help make sure everyone stays safe during Burlington RAGBRAI.
The Burlington RAGBRAI committee will be hosting 3 volunteer training sessions for RAGBRAI. Volunteers are encouraged to attend and learn what their assignment will entail. People who have not signed up are also encouraged to attend and we will find a volunteer opportunity for them. You do not need to register to attend.
Volunteer Training Sessions will be held on:
- Wednesday, July 16 at 7:30 - 9:00 AM
- Wednesday, July 16 at 5:30 - 7 PM
- Thursday, July 17 at Noon - 1 PM
Sessions will take place at the Greater Burlington Partnership Office - 610 N 4 Street, Suite 200 Burlington, Ia.
Volunteer T-Shirts will be handed out at the meeting.
The Burlington RAGBRAI Committees will be hosting two Town Hall meetings open to the general public. The Town Hall meetings are being held to inform the community on what has been planned for Burlington RAGBRAI as well as give residents an opportunity to have any questions they may have answered.
The Town Hall meetings will consist of an overview presentation on Burlington RAGBRAI followed by a Question and Answer session.
Meetings will be held:
Monday, June 24 from Noon – 1 PM at the Burlington Public Library – Meeting Room A
Wednesday, June 26 from 6 – 7 PM at the Burlington Public Library – Meeting Room B
Members from individual Burlington RAGBRAI Committees will be on hand to answer questions about the planning, preparation and day of execution of RAGBRAI.
Would you like to host RABGRAI riders in your home? We are seeking local residents to host riders during their time in our community. If interested in hosting, please complete the form above. Riders will be placed in homes after May 1.
Riders are expected to arrive into Greater Burlington beginning late morning Friday, July 26. They would leave Saturday, July 27 no later than 9 AM.
Hosts are only expected to provide a place for riders to rest their heads for the night. This space can either be provided inside or outside. Local housing hosts are not required to entertain guests or provide them with amenities. Hosts are not required to transport or feed the riders.
What is it like to host a rider? Check out our short video series and hear what it's like from a past host and a current rider.
See what it's like when a RAGBRAI Rider and a Rider Host meet.
Hear from Donna Logan on her experience hosting RAGBRAI Riders.
Hear from Steve Hexom, a 39-time RAGBRAI Rider, on what Riders expect when staying at a host family's home.
The Burlington RAGBRAI committee is committed to making you feel comfortable inviting RAGBRAI Riders into your home. Hear what the process is like when you sign up as a host.
Already Committed to Hosting a Rider?
If you have already committed to hosting riders, please also complete the form. In the event of a public safety incident, RAGBRAI can ensure all registered riders are accounted for.
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