DENISON, Iowa (AP) -- Crawford County has banned an annual bike ride across Iowa from using its roads.
County supervisors passed a resolution that says the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI, would no longer be allowed to use roads in the county.
The decision follows a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died after he lost control of his bike on a county road during RAGBRAI 2004.
The lawsuit, which was settled for $350,000, claims Kirk Ullrich, of Davenport, was riding his bike on a county road when his tire fell into a gap causing him to crash.
Ullrich's family filed the lawsuit claiming Crawford County was negligent in its maintenance of the road.
The county did not admit negligence in settling the lawsuit but decided to not let RAGBRAI use its roads in the future.
"RAGBRAI at this point would not be welcomed in this county because of the lawsuit factors," said Dan Muhlbauer, chairman of the board of supervisors. "As long as the laws read the way they do, I don't want them in my county. I would be 100 percent against RAGBRAI coming through Crawford County.
"Have the fun, but if something goes wrong, don't sue the county because our roads are not made for bicycles," Muhlbauer said. "I don't know if any county would want them. If something goes wrong we're liable."
He said he hopes the state will pass laws to protect counties from such liabilities.
The county's insurance will pay the settlement.
The resolution, approved Tuesday, states that the county's roads are not designed to meet the specific standards related to bicycle travel and constitute an unacceptable risk to participants in RAGBRAI and other similar events.
County officials notified RAGBRAI officials of their decision in a letter following the board's action.
T.J. Juskiewicz, RAGBRAI director, said no other local or county governments have banned the event.
"We will not go to a place where they don't want the event," Juskiewicz said. "Most places want RAGBRAI."