September 18, 2014

Iowa County reviewing ride policies

Policies regulating bicycle and motorcycle rides are being considered in Iowa County. An informational hearing was held Monday night on potentially increasing regulations for the events. County officials say they’ve dealt with numerous complaints from landowners and motorists in recent years.

A proposed ordinance would require permits for special events needing highway access, require organizers notify residents about planned rides, secure county approval, and take out a $4 million insurance policy.

Iowa County Highway Commissioner Craig Hardy said the goal is to improve safety. Opponents fear the plan will hurt the economy of the county, which hosts many popular biking events including the “Horrible Hilly Hundreds” in June and the “Dairyland Dare” in August. A subcommittee is being formed to study the matter.