Bike Boulevards and New Bike Lanes

The City of Marion is actively working on debuting what could be Iowa’s first or second Bicycle Boulevard this summer. Marion continues to work on the full details of the plan. For more general information on what Bicycle Boulevards are, please see this link:http://nacto.org/cities-for-cycling/design-guide/bicycle-boulevards/

The City of Cedar Rapids is also considering plans to add more bike lanes to two key streets in town.  The infrastructure committee has just approved sending a plan to the Cedar Rapids City Council to place bike lanes on Boyson Road from C Street east to Marion.  The added bike lanes will have a calming effect on traffic, and will give cyclists a protected space to travel in.  LCTA has been advocating for this change, and we could use your help!  The plan to add bike lanes on Boyson will come before the council during the April 14th meeting at noon. CR City Council meetings are held downtown in City Hall, 101 1st St. SE. in the Cedar Rapids Council Chambers, 3rd Floor.  Attending this meeting would be a great way to show your support for this needed change.

 

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Fix Your Flat Tire Classes

Northtowne Cycling & Fitness will offer four maintenance classes this winter to help you prepare for the inevitable flat tire. The classes will be hosted Saturdays at 9:30-10:30am on these dates:
January 31, 2015
February 14, 2015 (2 for one deal on this day! Come with your sweetie and learn together!)
February 21, 2015
February 28, 2015

There is a $10 registration fee which will be donated to LCTA
E-mail info@northtownebikes.com to register for the class.

For more information, see the attached PDF flier.

2015 Northtowne Cycling Flat Tire Class PDF

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January LCTA Board Meeting Agenda

The first LCTA Board meeting of 2015 will be held on Monday, January 12th, at 7:00PM at the Shores Event Center.  We will have a guest presentation from Jon Bogert from Anderson Bogert Engineers & Surveyors to discuss  East Side Flood Mitigation plans and designs.  Please see the attached agenda for the full details of the meeting.  Our meetings are always open to the public and new faces are always welcome.

PDF link to agenda: LCTA Board Agenda_01.12.15

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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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Ely Fall Fest 5k

The Ely Fall Fest 5k will be using a portion of the Hoover trail from Ely Road to the City Park from 7:00pm tonight to 8:15pm.  The trail is not closed to other users, but please be considerate of the event, and follow all safety and etiquette rules when using the trail.

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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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