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Troopers help keep RAGBRAI riders safe at busy intersections

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Highway 218 is always busy with vehicles. Add about 20,000 cyclists, and it could lead to a dangerous situation.

That's why 12 safety education officers with the Iowa State Patrol are out on the RAGBRAI route each day to help direct traffic.

"It's dangerous," said Trooper Mark Sigwarth. "We have vehicles at highways speeds. We try to be visible. We have signage, we have cones, we have cars, we have us."

Sigwarth said the intersection of Highway 218 and County Road 33 is the most dangerous on this year's RAGBRAI route.

RAGBRAI riders said the troopers do a great job enforcing safety as the number one priority.

"Wonderful. Absolutely fabulous. Great job," said Bob Seiple of Texas.

"They're very friendly -- waving to us, and everyone saying 'thank you to them' -- so we really appreciate it," said Karen Mathes of Polk City.

"The neat thing is all the cyclists thanking them as they go by, which is probably a rare event for them, right?" said Seiple.

Sigwarth said all the officers take their jobs very seriously. He said their job isn't done until all the cyclists make it safely across the state.

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