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ISU Extension ‘Rides Right’ with RAGBRAI Committee, Checks for Safety

Extension and RAGBRAI "ride right."

6/3/2008

AMES, Iowa – If you’re going to ride RAGBRAI, you might as well ride it right. So Iowa State University Extension took a test ride with the RAGBRAI RIDE RIGHT Committee along the RAGBRAI route into Ames June 3. The committee tested road conditions, counted mileage and increased safety along the RAGBRAI route.

Vice President of ISU Extension and Outreach Jack Payne is ISU Extension’s representative on the Ames RIDE RIGHT Committee. He will be riding RAGBRAI for real with his team, the Extension CYriders, along with thousands of RAGBRAI riders who will ride into Ames for their overnight stop on Tuesday, July 22.

The Ames RIDE RIGHT Committee met up with the General RAGBRAI RIDE RIGHT Committee June 3 to ride the route into Ames. The RAGBRAI RIDE RIGHT Committee is an extension of RAGBRAI that is committed to introducing and promoting bicycle safety within all RAGBRAI communities. The committee is responsible for reminding riders and community members to “ride right” and keep in mind the importance of safety during such a large event.

Payne’s team, the Extension CYriders, includes ISU Extension and ISU staff, ISU alumni and community members. ISU President Gregory Geoffroy and his wife, Kathleen Carothers Geoffroy, also will be joining the ride from Boone to Ames.

Safety is an important issue to these riders as well as others riding in RAGBRAI. Each community along the RAGBRAI route will spend hours promoting safety and preparing for the over 8,500 bicycles that will be riding through their streets.

For more information about the RAGBRAI overnight stop in Ames, visit www.amesragbrai.com.

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Contacts :

Jack Payne, Vice President for ISU Extension and Outreach, (515) 294-4603, jpayne@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu

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Caption: From Left to Right: Jack Payne (Vice President of Extension at ISU), Dan McKay (RIDE Right), Brian Duffy (Des Moines Register), Dave Kramer (RAGBRAI Co-Chair), Jim Wilcox (Team Skunk). Photo taken in front of Morrill Hall on the Iowa State Campus.