MOST RAGBRAI INJURIES DUE TO RIDER ERROR

SIOUX CITY— WITH RAGBRAI KICKING OFF THIS WEEKEND IN SIOUX CITY, EXPERTS LOOK TO THE PAST TO SEE HOW TO HELP FUTURE BICYCLISTS.

A UNIVERSITY OF IOWA STUDY FOUND RIDER MISTAKES WERE A BIG REASON FOR ACCIDENTS ON THE ANNUAL BIKE RIDE ACROSS THE STATE HOSTED BY THE DES MOINES REGISTER. DR. HANS HOUSE SAYS THEY STUDIED ACCIDENT REPORTS FROM FIVE YEARS OF RAGBRAI AND MOST HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ALCOHOL.

A TOTAL OF 419 RAGBRAI PARTICIPANTS RECEIVED CARE FROM PARAMEDICS DURING THE FIVE YEAR PERIOD. OF THOSE CYCLISTS, 190 REQUIRED TRANSPORT TO A HOSPITAL.

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