Workers from Dennhardt Construction and Hamilton Red-Mix in Jefferson are shown here paving the Raccoon River Valley Trail's crossing of 252nd Street southeast of Jefferson on a recent day. Work continues to pave the 21 remaining gravel crossings on the RRVT "south loop" with concrete, but it takes time & funding. (Photo by Don Van Gilder)

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Ouch! Bicyclists ticketed $195 each for ignoring RRVT stop signs!
Panora, 2 September, 2015

On Saturday, Aug. 29, Iowa DNR law enforcement officer Jeremy King spent three hours monitoring bicyclists on the RRVT southeast of Panora. Of 29 bicyclists he watched at trail intersections of gravel roads, 21 failed to stop at stop signs. When he saw 11 of them ignore the next stop sign, too, he stopped them. Five were issued citations with $195 fines. "This is a safety issue," officer King said. "I'm a huge advocate for the trail, but I'm a huge advocate for life, too." ...

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