Davenport's RAGBRAI committee is recommending Credit Island as the place where riders dip their tires into the Mississippi River to mark completion of the trek across Iowa.
The recommendation to have the traditional end of the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa at Credit Island was made during a meeting Tuesday to map out an exact route through the city.
The last leg of RAGBRAI will be from Coralville to Davenport on July 25, the same day as the Quad-City Times Bix 7 road race.
According to the committee's recommendation, the route will pass through Walcott and head out on Scott County Road Y40 (70th Avenue) before intersecting with West Locust Street, also called 160th Street in rural Scott County. Riders will cross Interstate 280 on Locust and turn onto Utah Avenue to head south to West River Drive. Riders will turn onto River Drive and head east to the entrance to Credit Island.
The annual ride begins in Sioux City, at the western border of Iowa, with riders dipping their tires in the Missouri River.
David Struckman, a former Davenport police captain who serves on the committee, said the Davenport route and dip site are preliminary recommendations that need the approval of RAGBRAI officials. Struckman expressed his approval of the choices.
"As far as showcasing our city, it makes a lot of sense," he said.
Plans also call for setting up a first-aid center inside the newly restored Credit Island Lodge as well as offering food and beverages to riders there. Shower facilities will be offered at Centennial Park and the River's Edge, both in the downtown area. RAGBRAI merchandise is expected to be sold in Centennial Park.
Both Donnie Miller, a bicycle safety consultant and former race director of the Quad-Cities Criterium, and 1st Ward Alderman Rick Dunn said they were delighted that Credit Island was chosen for the ride's finish.
"I'm excited," Dunn said. "I think it's the best choice we got."
In 2011, the last time RAGBRAI ended in Davenport, the local organizing committee selected Marquette Street Landing over Credit Island as the dip site. Telegraph Road and Fairmount Street, including its steep hill at May Lane, also were part of the 2011 route.
Miller said he lobbied unsuccessfully for Credit Island in 2011.
"It's their time now," he said. "We saw what happened in 2011. Marquette proved to be too narrow."
About 19,100 riders dipped their tires in the Mississippi that year.
Alderman Jason Gordon, at large, said there was talk at one point of two possible dip sites, but he also is pleased Credit Island was chosen.
"With the newly refurbished lodge, it potentially makes a great dip site," Gordon said. "Credit Island allows you to dip in more places than Marquette does."
Alderman Gene Meeker, at large, said he supports the committee's recommendation.
"I was at the dip site in 2011," Meeker said. "It was very congested, very difficult to get everyone there. So maybe we'll have more room than we did before."
There was talk at Tuesday's committee meeting of reducing the speed limit along West River Drive and diverting semi traffic the day the riders are in town. Miller said that in coming weeks he wants to ride the route into Davenport to check for cracks and potholes.
Registration for all-week RAGBRAI riders is closed. Online registration for one-day passes lasts until June 1.