Good News for RAGBRAI cyclistsPosted: September 24, 2008
The Iowa State Association of Counties has dropped its push for state legislation aimed at regulating bicycle riders. The change seems to be based on RAGBRAI agreeing to rewrite their waivers and purchase liability insurance to cover the counties.
What is really interesting here is the lawsuit that prompted the actions by the counties was the only lawsuit by a cyclist in 36 years in Iowa. You can either look at this as an extreme or over reaction to one lawsuit or the effect that one lawsuit can have on a sport not televised on Sunday’s during the fall. You can also look at this as what one lawsuit can do to scare an industry.
If you are a charity or event like RAGBRAI you should have insurance, if for no other reason to pay the attorney fees to defend a claim. More importantly you must have a release that is written by an attorney who understands the event, the law and what is required to cover you and everyone else that might be sued for you charitable event.
I had commented on the RAGBRAI issue in an earlier post: Cyclists suing over hole in bike path
Congratulations to Iowa for working things out.