It's going to be very busy on Saturday, July 29th in downtown Davenport. Two annual events will happen in the Quad Cities' largest town on the same day making it an exciting weekend in our community.

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The 50th RAGBRAI and 49th Bix 7 take place on Saturday, July 29th, 2023, in Davenport. That means road closures and a lot of them. If you plan to go downtown this weekend, bring with you patients and extra time because you'll need it to find parking.

Davenport Road Closures For Bix 7 & RAGBRAI

Ahead of the RAG-Bix, or Bix-BRAI weekend in Davenport, the City of Davenport has released road closure maps for both the Bix 7 and RAGBRAI.

The Bix 7 race will be the usual road closures in downtown Davenport with a few minor adjustments from last year. RAGBRAI brings new road closures on the west end of town and rides head to Centennial and Veterans Memorial Park to dip their tires in the Mississippi River at the Marquette Street boat ramp to complete this year's ride.

First, we'll list the Bix 7 road closures and show you the Bix 7 course map, then we'll list the RAGBRAI road closures. A quick note that all downtown parking ramps will offer free parking from 5 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 29th.

Bix 7 Road Closures

Road Closures Starting Thursday

  • 5 p.m. Thursday - 9 p.m. Thursday
    • Brady St - from 4th St to Kirkwood

Road Closures Starting Friday

  • 9 a.m. Friday - 6 a.m. Sunday
    • 3rd St -- from Ripley St to Harrison St
  • 12 p.m. Friday - 12 p.m Saturday
    • Le Claire St - from 4th St to River Dr
  • 1 p.m. Friday - 12 p.m. Saturday
    • 4th St -- from Pershing Ave to River Dr
    • 3rd St -- from Iowa St to River Dr
    • Iowa St -- from 4th St to 3rd St

Road Closures Starting Saturday

  • 4 a.m. Saturday - 12 p.m. Saturday
    • 2nd St -- from Main St to Perry St
    • 3rd St -- from Main St to Iowa St
    • 4th St -- from Main St to Pershing Ave
    • Brady St -- from 4th St to River Dr & during the race
    • Perry St -- starting at 4th St during the race to 15th St.
  • 4 a.m. Saturday - 12 p.m. Sunday
    • Iowa St -- from 3rd St to 2nd St.
  • 12 p.m. Saturday - 1 a.m. Sunday
    • 3rd St -- the west portion of the 100 block of W 3rd St
Quad-City Times Bix 7/
Quad-City Times Bix 7/

RAGBRAI Road Closures

Road Closures Now Through Saturday

  • W Beiderbecke Dr

Road Closures On Saturday

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Rockingham Rd -- One eastbound lane closed from the west city limits to the eastbound W River Dr exit.
    • W River Dr -- One eastbound lane closed from Rockingham Rd exit to S Division St.
    • W River Dr -- All eastbound lanes closed from S Division St to Marquette St
    • Marquette St -- All lanes closed from Marquette St to W Beiderbecke Dr
    • W Beiderbecke Dr -- All lanes closed all of W Beiderbecke Dr

See the full list of RAGBRAI events at

49th Annual Bix 7

Quad-City Times Bix 7 Facebook
Quad-City Times Bix 7 Facebook

Established in 1975 and named after the famous jazz musician and Davenport native,  Bix Beiderbecke, the Bix 7 road race is a seven-mile race that begins by going uphill on Brady Street.

Per usual, the 49th annual Quad-City Times Bix 7 will take place on the last Saturday of July, and this year, that falls on Saturday, July 29th. The race will begin that morning at 8 a.m., along with the Quick BIX (2-mile race). The Bix 7 begins at Brady St and 4th St and finishes at 2nd St and LeClaire St.

50th Register's Annual Great Ride Across Iowa

Photo By: Elwin Huffman - Townsquare Media
Photo By: Elwin Huffman - Townsquare Media

2023 will also mark the 50th RAGBRAI. Thousands of people from Iowa and around the world will ride 500 miles from Sioux City and the Missouri River to Davenport and the Mississippi River.

These are the stops for the 50th RAGBRAI which begins on Saturday, July 22nd

  • Start - Sioux City
    • RAGBRAI Expo
  • Day 1 - Storm Lake
    • 77 miles
    • 3,504-foot climb
  • Day 2 - Carroll
    • 62 miles
    • 1,818-foot climb
  • Day 3 - Ames
    • 83 miles
    • 1,479-foot climb
  • Day 4 - Des Moines
    • 50 miles
    • 1,216-foot climb
  • Day 5 - Tama-Toledo
    • 82 miles
    • 3,652-foot climb
  • Day 6 - Coralville
    • 80 miles
    • 3,276-foot climb
  • Day 7 - Davenport
    • 66 miles
    • 1,604-foot climb

Yes, that means both the 49th annual Bix 7 race and the 50th RAGBRAI will take place in Davenport on Saturday, July 29th, 2023.

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