COUNCIL BLUFFS — Those driving today to the festivities marking the beginning of RAGBRAI are asked to park in the lots at the Council Bluffs Recreation Complex, on Richard Downing Avenue off 24th Street.
The recommended route there is to take Interstate 80 to the 24th Street exit. The Recreation Complex is southwest of the interchange.
Beginning at 1 p.m., a shuttle will take people to and from the Mid-America Center area, where the pre-ride events take place.
Parking and the shuttle service are free.
There will be no admission charged for outdoor performances by The Rumbles (2 p.m.), Hi-Fi Hangover (5 p.m.) and Better Than Ezra (8 p.m.)
Multiple food trucks, several beer gardens and shade tents will be available. More information can be found at www.councilbluffsragbrai.com.
About 15,000 bicyclists are expected to take part in the weeklong cross-Iowa ride.