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Sokol Park trail counter is back

LCTA has re-installed the trail counter that was buried in the Skokol Park berm last summer. It is now further down the trail just past the Mt Trashmore entrance but is still called Sokol Park trail counter. When you go by, please stop and report the counts at linncountytrails.org/trailcount. With a smart phone, it is very easy and quick to do on the trail right at the counter.

There is now a temporary mostly black limestone trail from 16th Ave SW (Sokol Park) to the Mt Trashmore entrance where the Cedar River Trail continues. 

All trail counters in the Cedar Rapids Metro Area are now operating except the the counter in Center Point. The Cedar Valley Nature Trail is closed at Iowa St in Center Point due to paving the trail through Center Point. Please stay off the closed trail. The trail should reopen sometime in June. Stay tuned.

 
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The Trails are open

Linn County Trail Supporters

The weather is improving and it is time to get out and use the trails. We need you to read and report the trail counter numbers. All counters have now been installed except Center Point and Sokol Park, which are unavailable due to construction. Please use your computer or smart phone to report to linncountytrails.org/trailcount or use the QR code reader with your smart phone. Also check that the counter is working. The smart phone is the quickest and easiest way to make a report by doing it at the counter location. In order to get reliable and smooth data we need reports from each location once or more per week.
 
A map of the trail counter locations is at: http://linncountytrails.org/lcta-trail-counter-locations/.
These reports are very important to justify trail maintenance and construction of new trail.
 
The paving of the Cedar Valley nature Trail up to Iowa St in Center Point is complete and open. Paving through Center Point will be completed this spring.
Thank you for your support
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New Online Trail Count Reporting

postLCTA has tracked trail usage since 2004. It is an important means to justify trail construction and maintenance by demonstrating the importance of trails. We rely on trail users to report the counts. In the past that was entirely by email reports. We have now moved to a more efficient online reporting system. The counts can be reported from the trail with your smart phone or at home from your computer. The online reporting link is linncountytrails.org/trailcount. We also have posted a QR code on each counter that will identify the location of the counter and record the current date and time so you will only need to enter the 6 digit count to make a report. Free QR reader apps are available from Google Play or Apple App Store.

We have infra-red counters at 12 locations within the Metro Area. See a map of counter locations at linncountytrails.org/lcta-trail-counter-locations/. (The Center Point counter has been removed in preparation for paving.) Each counter post has a yellow sign explaining how to report the counts and the QR code for that location.

PLEASE HELP US PROMOTE MORE AND BETTER TRAILS IN THE METRO AREA.
REPORT THE TRAIL COUNTS!

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Fire and Ice Parade, Sat, Dec 6

BikeCR has a bicycle entry in the Fire and Ice Parade this Saturday. LCTA is a member of BikeCR and you are invited to participate. Put lights on your bike, wear warm clothes and join in. We are entry 39. Meet at 5:15-5:30, 4th Ave SE between 6th and 7th St.Fire and Ice Parade 2014

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LCTA has installed counters at 12 locations along many trails in Linn County.  Each counter consists of two posts located on opposite sides of the trail painted either blue, brown or white.  We record the data from the trail counters, reduce the counts to daily and average weekly usage and publish the data on the LCTA web.  See linncountytrails.org/maps/trail-usage/.

We rely on trail users like you to read the counters and send us the counts.  Simply record date, time, location, and count (6 digit number at the top of one of the posts) and send it to [email protected].  We are now putting names of each trail counter location on the counter posts along with the post location number.  You can either specify the location with either the name or number.  We have prepared a business card with the reporting information and the locations of each of the 12 counters.  You can pick up a business card at the LCTA booth at the Cedar Rapids or Marion Farmers Markets.

If you have a smart phone, you can send the count while on the trail by entering the data on the LCTA webpage:  linncountytrails.org/maps/trail-usage/count/.

The counters are located at the following locations:
1 * CVNT * Center Point
2 * CVNT * Lafayette
3 * CVNT * County Home Rd
4 * CVNT * Boyson Rd
5 * CRT * McCloud Run
6 * CRT * Sokol Park
7 * Cedar Lake Trail
8 * Boyson Trail * Marion
9 * S&F * East Post Rd
10 * S&F * Cole St
11 * Hoover Trail * Wright Bros Blvd
12 * Lindale Trail * C Ave NE

Note:  Two trail users have recently made the Grand Tour of all 12 counters in one day and sent us the counts (presumably on a bicycle).  Are you up to the challenge?  It may be easier for you to collect all counts into one email.

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New IDOT Statewide Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan

Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) is holding meetings to request public input on the development of a new statewide plan for bicycle and pedestrian transportation.  Iowa is behind many neighboring states such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Missouri that have state sponsored trails that extend beyond the urban counties.  The only reason that the Cedar Valley Nature Trail exists today is that Linn and Blackhawk Counties stepped up and assumed responsibility for the trail in the rural counties of Benton and Buchanan Counties.  It is important that LCTA trail supporters have a strong presence at this meeting.  Please plan on attending!

Next Monday – November 4th 5-7:00 PM, IDOT Office 5455 Kirkwood Blvd SW – Conference Room A

Bicycle and Pedestrian Long-Range Plan

Project description

Walking and biking are proven ways to improve the quality of life for all of us, providing healthy alternatives for people to get where they need to go. Many Iowans have embraced bicycling and walking for both recreation and daily transportation. Iowa’s extensive trails system continues to evolve and recreational events such as Iowa’s RAGBRAI event each July continues to grow in popularity.

Moving forward, the Iowa DOT has made a commitment to our customers to develop a Bicycle and Pedestrian Long-Range Plan to expand opportunities and further improve conditions for bicycling and walking across the state.

This plan will build upon the Iowa DOT’s long-range strategy for multimodal transportation over the next three decades, Iowa in Motion – Planning Ahead 2040. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Long-Range Plan has three key objectives:

  • Align with national best practices, including the federal transportation funding bill called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) and national guidelines for trail development.
  • Develop a list of priorities to expand the trails system between and within cities.
  • Help state and local agencies to put the plan in place by providing tools for funding and design.

Upon its completion, this plan will serve as the primary guide for statewide decision-making regarding bicycle and pedestrian programs and facilities, including sidewalks, trails, bike lanes, paved shoulders, and other trail elements. It will also help achieve a better level of statewide coordination and continuity for all levels of bicycle and pedestrian mobility through regional, county, and city plans and programs.

It is a primary goal of this project to get customer input during the development of the plan through public meetings, social media, and email. The initial round of public meetings will be held in November 2013. Visit the “Public Involvement” page to find out how you can get involved.

Public meetings and locations

It is a primary goal of this project to engage citizens during the development of the plan. The following public meetings have been scheduled.

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
5 to 7 p.m.
IDOT District 6 Office – conference room A
5455 Kirkwood Blvd. SW.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

http://www.iowadot.gov/BikePedPlan/

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Lindale Trail is now open

The Cedar Rapids segment of the Lindale Trail is now paved.  The Trail is open!  This trail is unique in the Metro area in that it includes 3 ft gravel paths on either side of the 10 ft asphalt pavement.  We hope this accommodates both runners and bikers.  Bike traffic significantly increases when a trail is paved but runners strongly prefer a gravel path.  We would like to know if this should be a design standard for future trail construction when sufficient width allows.

Lindale Trail

Linn County Trails Association (LCTA) initiated the Lindale Trail project 3 years ago when Tom Treharne, Marion Planning & Development Director, suggested that we adopt the project to continue the trail in Marion that extended to the Marion City Limit on an abandoned railroad right-of-way.  LCTA has contributed over $55,000 to the development, including a $15,000 contribution from Rockwell Collins.  The City of Cedar Rapids has contributed the crushed limestone, the crews and equipment to grade and pave the trail and $16,000 towards the cost of asphalt.  THIS WAS A TEAM EFFORT AND WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED IF ALL PARTIES HAD NOT CONTRIBUTED!

Projects like this are funded by the LCTA supporters that make annual contributions to LCTA for trail development in the Linn County Area.  Please add your support.  TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE TRAILS HAPPEN!

Lindale Trail is located north of Blairs Ferry Rd extending east from C Ave NE (in front of Walgreens).

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Bike Lanes – Rules of the Road

Several LCTA members have asked for a copy of the Rules of the Road display that Ron Griffith used at several recent meetings and at the Meet Me at the Market – Bike Lanes presentation.    The presentation was from a Colorado State University publication but is equally applicable to the bike lanes in the Cedar Rapids Metro Area.  The PDF document is located at:  http://www.stat.colostate.edu/~estep/bike/bikelaws.pdf

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Meet Me at the Market at NewBo City Market will have a group walk to the new amphitheater lead by Mayor Ron Corbet this Thursday leaving at 5:45.  The amphitheater grounds include a segment of the Ellis Trail that will eventually follow the River on the west side quadrants from Edgewood Road to Sokol Park.  The significant increase in trail development funding that will become available over the next five years has been made possible by Mayor Corbet’s strong support.  Please come, talk to Mayor Corbet and thank him for his strong support for trails in the entire Metro Area.
(In case of rain, Mayor Corbett will move indoors and discuss recent healthy initiatives in Cedar Rapids.)

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Meet Me at the Market in cooperation with Cedar Rapids Bicycle Advisory Committee will feature an Introduction to Cedar Rapids Bike Lanes bike ride and explanation of the new Cedar Rapids Bike lanes.  The 2.5 mile ride begins at the NewBo City Market – Meet Me at the Market check-in table, leaving at 5:45pm, 6:00pm and 6:15pm.  The rides and presentations will address the responsibilities of motorists and cyclists on the city streets, the meanings of various bicycle signs and painted symbols, and types of bicycle facilities that will be appearing on the Cedar Rapids streets.  Helmets are required.

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