The Culinary Ride is coming to Cedar Rapids featuring local farms, food and fermentation.
The ride begins and ends at NewBo City Market with a post ride party in the market courtyard. Check in is from 8AM- 9AM Sunday, September 7 at NewBo City Market. The ride is leisurely with signs to guide your way. In addition, riders will be provided with cue sheets. The route is approximately 40 miles.
The first stop is at Matthew25 Urban Farm. The ride will then stop off the trail to tour the new location of New Pioneer Co-op on Center Point Road. From there, cyclists will travel to Allen’s Orchard, Indian Creek Nature Center and The Winery at Kirkwood. Each stop will feature local foods prepared by local chefs.
Cost for ride is $45 per person in advance and $55 on day of event. Register online at: http://culinaryride.com/events/ride/city/cedarrapids. Online sales end September 5 .
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The Culinary Ride’s vision is to produce intimate, community-oriented bicycle events across the country and contribute momentum to the bicycle and local food movements. These bicycle tours feature local farms, food and the chefs that utilize these ingredients. As we marry local food and bicycle movements riders savor food prepared fresh by local chefs, and enjoy handcrafted beverages while roaming the farms and environmental designations in the company of friends.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Matthew25 Urban Farm and Horizons Meals on Wheels.

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On Monday morning, 359 registered riders enjoyed an 8.5 mile ride through Cedar Rapids using streets and trails. Pre-ride refreshments and informational displays were provided for everyone by this year’s sponsors. This year’s ride was sponsored by the Linn County Trails Association, Bike CR, and Scheldrup Blades Law Practice of Cedar Rapids. As with every year, several local elected officials participated in this year’s event. They included:

Cedar Rapids, Mayor: Ron J. Corbett
Springville, Mayor: Roger A. Shebetka
Fairfax, Mayor: Jason M. Rabe
Iowa Senate: District 33, Senator, Robert Hogg
Iowa House: District 66, Representative, Art Staed
Iowa House: District 68, Representative, Daniel Lundby
Iowa House: District 69, Representative, Kirsten Running-Marquardt
Cedar Rapids: Council Member: At Large, Susie Weinacht
Cedar Rapids: Council Member: District 4, Scott E. Olson
Robins: Council Member, Donald B. Norton II

The annual Linn County Mayors’ Bike Ride is a free, educational bicycle ride organized as an opportunity to showcase the continued need and development for multi-modal transportation networks in Linn County. This year’s ride was Monday, September 1, 2014 (Labor Day). The event is unique as it allows elected officials to directly interact with constituents interested in trail development. And, for many citizens, the opportunity to speak to elected officials is an irregular opportunity. Providing both elected officials and citizens the opportunity to engage about trail development, the Mayors’ Bike Ride is a mission driven event that results in more collaboration between the public and government. The Linn County Trail Association would like to thank everyone who volunteered to help make this year’s ride a success. Additional gratitude goes to those who rode in this year’s ride to show support for trails and bicycling in Linn County.

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The annual LCTA Mayors’ bike ride is almost here!  Registration for the event will start on Monday at 9am at the Ellis Park Pool parking lot, and the ride will start at 10am after a few brief announcements.  For more information please visit: http://linncountytrails.org/mayorsbikeride

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Vote for bike racks!

Marion has submitted a project for the Wellmark Grant competition, but they need your help to win!  The proposed project will fund bike racks for the city parks.  Voters are eligible to vote once per day during the contest. Please show your support and help put this project at the top!

Bike Racks in Marion Parks:

http://wellmark.upickem.net/engine/Details.aspx?p=V&c=134845&s=68509816&i=1&sort=VOTES_DESC#SD

Home page for the competition:

http://www.wellmark75.com/

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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 trailcount@linncountytrails.org.  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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The City of Cedar Rapids has closed the Cedar River Trail at two locations due to flooding. The trail is closed under the 8th Ave SE Bridge (above left). The Cedar River Trail is also closed along A St SW between 15th Ave SW and the landfill due to flood protection measures and flooding (above right). The Sac and Fox Trail near the Indian Creek Nature Center is closed due the high river level. Part of the Prairie Park Fishery Trail is also closed. The Ellis Trail is closed near Ellis Park and Manhattan Park as result of water over the trail. In addition, the City of Marion has closed a section of the Boyson Trail near Donnelly Park due to high water on Indian Creek. All closures are marked with signs and barricades with no designated detours.
For your safety, please use caution and remember the following:
• Avoid riding or walking through water that covers an entire section of trail.
• When sections of trail are closed due to flooding, obey all barricades and signage. Refrain from moving and/or going around barricades.
• Slow down when standing water, mud and/or debris are found on the trail after the water recedes.
• Linn County has several other trail opportunities to explore while these trail sections are closed.
These sections of trail could reopen this weekend as the river level falls below flood stage.

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The National Weather Service is predicting the Cedar River at Cedar Rapids to reach a flood stage of 14.7 feet on Tuesday, June 24th.  Flooding will impact the Cedar River Trail near the 8th Ave. Bridge, at the CRANDIC Railroad Bridge underpass, and south of Sokol Park as early as Sunday, June 22nd. In addition, high water may restrict trail usage of the Sac and Fox Trail, between the Indian Creek Nature Center and Cole St., and the Prairie Park Fishery Trail.  In the past, river stages above 11 feet limit the usage of trails located near Cedar River. For your safety, please use caution and remember the following:

  • Avoid riding or walking through water that covers an entire section of trail.
  • When sections of trail are closed due to flooding, obey all barricades and signage. Refrain from moving and/or going around barricades.
  • Slow down when standing water, mud and/or debris are found on the trail.
  • Linn County has several other trail opportunities to explore while these trail sections are closed.

Current river levels can be found at the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service website:  http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=dvn&gage=cidi4. LCTA will provide updates of trail closures and openings during the next week.

 

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New logo survey

We have been working on updating our logo, and we would love to hear what you have to say about some of the new options.  Please take the survey and let us know what you think:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LCTA

Thanks!

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LCTA members, please contact our local State Senators and the Speaker of the House and ask them restore funding to the Joint Senate-House Infrastructure Appropriations Subcommittee for the Eastern Iowa Trail system (Cedar Valley Nature Trail).”

Your message (email or phone) could say:

“Dear Senator/Speaker – As you are aware, the Black Hawk, Johnson and Linn County Conservation Boards had made a request to the Joint Senate-House Infrastructure Appropriations Subcommittee for the Eastern Iowa Trail system (Cedar Valley Nature Trail). The subcommittee included $3 million in their budget allocation for the trail system. I understand that the Senate passed the bill with this funding included. However, we recently learned that the House stripped and removed this trail funding from the bill that passed the House.

This funding is critical to allow us to make key trail connections in the corridor. Please urge your Senate colleagues on the conference committee to support reinstatement of this funding for the Eastern Iowa Trail system. Thank you for your support and any help you are able to provide.”

Contact information for the Linn County Senators is below:

Senator Liz Mathis – liz.mathis@legis.iowa.gov
Senator Wally Horn – wally.horn@legis.iowa.gov
Senator Rob Hogg – rob.hogg@legis.iowa.gov
Senate Switchboard (515)281-3371

Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen – kraig.paulsen@legis.iowa.gov
Speaker Paulsen’s Office:(515)-281-3521
House Switchboard:(515)281-3221

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Following the Marion Master Trails Plan input meeting, a website and survey have been created to collect additional feedback.

The City of Marion also has a new online mapping tool for trail comments and input.  This tool can be used to suggest new trails, safety improvements, or even general comments about the trails.  The mapping tool can be found at this URL: http://marion-soulside.dotcloud.com/

If you’d like to fill out the survey, the PDF is attached in following link.  Please complete it, and either return it to City Hall, or e-mail it to Kesha Billings at kbillings@cityofmarion.org
Survey

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