Cyclists are encouraged to ride to the Marion Uptown Farmer’s Market on Saturday June 13th for a chance to win $25 in Uptown Bucks for use at Uptown Marion businesses. The Farmer’s Market will be held at City Square Park from 8:00am to noon on Saturday June 13th.
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
Most of you have heard that Cedar Rapids has been named a Blue Zones community, and we all know that cycling is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. On Monday, Sept 9, you have an opportunity to demonstrate your support of bicycling’s role in a healthy community by participating in a group that will go to the Blue Zones Kickoff event by bicycle. Nikki Northrop Davidson, from the Bicycle Advisory Committee and Bike2WorkConsultants will be leading the ride. Destination: Prairie High School, College Community Concert Hall, 76th Ave SW.
To participate, meet at Green Square Park in downtown Cedar Rapids at 5 pm on Monday, Sept 9th. You must wear a helmet and you should have lights on your bike (it is likely to be dark by the time the event is over). This will be about a 9 mile ride each way, most on the trail but some on streets. I anticipate arriving shortly before 6 pm at the event. No registration is required for the ride.
You should also register (RSVP) if you haven’t already for the Blue Zones event at:
Looking forward to leading a group of cyclists who demonstrate they are living healthy by cycling to this event!
Thank you to all of those who used the Downtown Farmers’ Market Bicycle Corral on Saturday. We had the best turn out ever! At one time, we had over just over 100 cyclists use the service. This is a great demonstration of our community’s commitment in selecting cycling as an alternate means of transportation to and from the market. In addition, it illustrates support and usage of trails and other on-street bicycle facilities as important elements in commuting around the area. The next market is July 20th, with August 3rd designated as “Bike to the Market Day” so there are several more opportunities to use the service if you haven’t already. Special thanks to Saturday’s volunteers who assisted with the parking. If you would like to help, anyone can sign-up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4DAEAC2EA64-farmers. Thanks again for everyone’s support and help!
Saturday, May 18 is looking to be a wonderful spring day! Take advantage of the great weather by volunteering with LAMBA!
7-9 am: We will start the morning at Squaw Creek Park in Marion by helping Linn County Conservation load trees for Operation ReLeaf.
9-10 am: Potluck style breakfast at tables near the upper playground. Bring something to share and socialize. Learn about the new trail.
10-?: Spend as much time as you like participating in Rake and Ride! This is the first event of its kind and it will be a great way to learn about the trail building process!
Bring a lawn rake and gloves and of course, your bike. We will be raking the flagged trail corridor and then riding to try out different lines within the trail corridor.
Please email me at [email protected] if you plan to attend!
City of La Porte City
202 Main Street
La Porte City IA 50651
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GRAND OPENING OF THE McFARLANE BRIDGE ON THE CEDAR VALLEY NATURE TRAIL
Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
La Porte City, IA -The City of La Porte City along with the Black Hawk County Conservation Board will be hosting the Grand Opening Ceremony for the McFarlane Bridge on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. The trail sustained heavy damage due to the floods of 2008 causing sections of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail to close until repairs could be made. With the opening of the Evansdale Bridge in 2011 and now the McFarlane Bridge opening in 2013, the Cedar Valley Nature Trail will again connect communities along its entire 52 mile corridor. Come and enjoy the “Bridge-2-Bridge” celebration with us.
The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 4th at the trailhead near the entrance of McFarlane Park located at 13619 King Road, La Porte City. The celebration will begin at 11:00am with music by “The Ramblers” and the La Porte City Fire Rescue crew will be serving up lunch for a nominal fee. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 1:00pm. Guests are encouraged to bike to the event. Area bike clubs are organizing a large ride to the event beginning at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls. To get more information or to join their ride visit www.cvbikecolletive.org or www.CedarValleyCyclists.org. Otherwise, jump on the trail at any entry point between Evansdale and Hiawatha and make your way toward the dedication.
The Cedar Valley Nature Trail is a segment of the American Discovery Trail and is one of the country’s oldest rail trails. This trail is a vital part of the Cedar Valley’s recreational infrastructure and links the Cedar Valley to communities south to Cedar Rapids.
For more information about the Grand Opening Ceremony, please call Black Hawk County Conservation Board at (319) 433-7275 or the City of La Porte City at 319-342-3396. To print an invitation, please go to www.blackhawkcountyparks.com or see flyer here: McFarlane Bridge Event
April – July 2013 Events
NewBo Bike Collective Women’s Bike Maintenance Classes https://www.facebook.com/NewBoBikeCollective
Wednesdays evenings April 3 through May 8, 2013 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at NewBo Bike Collective located at 1100 3rd Street SE in Cedar Rapids. Sign-up at [email protected]
Beverly Park Wednesday Night Rides http://lambaonline.org/
Wednesday nights 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm at Beverly Park. Bring your mountain bike and join Linn Area Mountain Bike Association for Wednesday night singletrack rides.
March For Babies https://www.marchofdimes.com/iowa/events/events_mfbcedarrapids12.html
4/28/13 9:00 am at Rockwell Collins campus, fundraiser walk and kids’ activities to benefit March of Dimes
Meet Me At The Market http://newbocitymarket.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=41&Itemid=26
Thursday evenings May 2 through October 31, 2013 Starting at NewBo City Market, walk, run or bike
Gems Of Hope Bike Ride http://gemsofhope.com/content/goh-ride-gems-hope-bike-ride-2013
5/4/13 7:00 am Starting at Greene Square Park, Cedar River Trail to Ely, then returning and ending at Parlor City Pub
Let’s Move Together Arthritis Foundation Walk http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1050663
5/4/13 8:00 am – 11:00 am at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium 950 Rockford Rd SW, fundraising event for Arthritis Foundation programs, services advocacy and research.
Bridge 2 Bridge http://lpcia.com/mcfarlane-park-trail-bridge-grand-opening/
5/4/13 Celebration for the opening of the McFarlane Bridge on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail, starting at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the trailhead near the entrance of McFarlane Park, located at 13619 King Road in LaPorte City. The Ramblers will provide music, and the LaPorte City Fire Rescue crew will serve pulled port lunch for $5.00. Ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 1:00 pm. Guests are encouraged to bike to the event. Vehicle parking available in the Group Camp area at McFarlane Park.
29th Annual Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa 5K Run Walk & Half Marathon
5/5/2013 7:30 am Half Marathon start, 8:45 am Kid’s Dash to Ronald, 9:00 am 5k Run/Walk start at the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City located at 730 Hawkins Drive.
Bike Month Iowa May 2013 http://bikemonthiowa.com/
Lace Up For Learning http://www.laceup.cr.k12.ia.us/
5/11/13 7:00 am Starting at Kingston Stadium, Cedar Rapids Community Schools fundraiser 5K, 10K and fun run
Ride of Silence Cedar Rapids http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php
5/15/13 6:00 pm Starting at Greene Square Park
Marion Arts Festival 5K and Half Marathon Races https://www.runningwall.com/marion-arts-festival-race
5/18/13 7:30 am Races begin and end near the library an City Square Park in downtown Marion.
Walk MS: Cedar Rapids Walk http://walkmnm.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/MNMWalkEvents?fr_id=19607&pg=entry
5/18/13 8:00 am at Kirkwood Community College 1 mile and 3 mile run/walk, fundraiser to support programs and research for MS.
5/19/13 9:00 am at Noelridge Park, Cedar Valley Humane Society fundraiser for animal care
Cedar Rapids Fire Department Memorial 5K http://crfd5k-eorg.eventbrite.com/#
5/25/13 7:00 am Starting at Prairie High School
Run The Flood http://www.crruntheflood.com/
6/8/13 8:00 am Starting at Great America, 5K and 7 Mile fundraiser for flood recovery
Hard Charge http://www.hardcharge.com/eastern-iowa
7/20/13 8:00 am at Seminole Valley Park, obstacle course race
Hy-Vee IronKids http://www.ironkids.com/2013_Schedule/Hy-Vee_IronKids_Cedar_Rapids.htm
7/27/13 8:00 am at Cherry Hill Aquatic Center and Park, swimming, running and bicycling events for youth
A social walk, run or bike event every Thursday from May through October, rain or shine!
The first Meet Me at the Market event is this Thursday, May 2, at the NewBo City Market. Check-in is from 5 to 6:30 pm. This is a family event. Begin your walk/run/bike at any time, there is no mass start. There are suggested routes but you may go as far or short as you wish. Businesses along the route will offer discounts to participants that have the hand stamp obtained at check-in. Free t-shirts to anyone who participates in 4 events. Music at the Market during and after the event.
Online registration and more information
To participate you must register and accept a waiver once for the entire season. While you may register on paper at check-in, it will be easier and faster to register online. For online registration and more information go to http://newbocitymarket.com/meetme. Be sure to register all of your family.
LCTA has partnered with several other community organizations to organize Meet Me at the Market to encourage a healthy lifestyle. This is within the LCTA charter to encourage trail usage and demonstrate the need for more trails! Please come check it out.