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:

Walk with the Mayor to the new amphitheater

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.)

Introduction to Cedar Rapids Bike Lanes at NewBo City Market on Thursday

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.

Bike Ride to the Blue Zones Kick-Off Meeting

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!

nikki d.

Introduction to Cedar Rapids Bike Lanes

Linn County Trails Association and Cedar Rapids Bicycle Advisory Committee will be available at Saturdays Farmers Market in Greene Square Park to discuss the new Cedar Rapids Bike Lanes, 8:00-12:00.  Please stop by.

We will also present an Introduction to Cedar Rapids Bike Lanes at the September 12 Meet Me at the Market event which will include rides through nearby bike lanes.  We are looking for a few experienced cyclists that can ride along with the groups to assist any less experienced cyclists that may attend.  The 2.5 mile rides are scheduled for 5:45, 6:00 and 6:15, Thursday , September 12 with a planning meeting for the leaders at 5:00.  Please email [email protected] if you can assist.

Volunteer with LAMBA!

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! 




Jennifer Sparks
City of La Porte City
202 Main Street
La Porte City IA 50651
[email protected]

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 or 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 or see flyer here: McFarlane Bridge Event

April - July 2013 Events

April - July 2013 Events


NewBo Bike Collective Women’s Bike Maintenance Classes

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

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

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

Thursday evenings May 2 through October 31, 2013 Starting at NewBo City Market, walk, run or bike


Gems Of Hope Bike Ride

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

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

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


Lace Up For Learning

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

5/15/13  6:00 pm   Starting at Greene Square Park


Marion Arts Festival 5K and Half Marathon Races

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

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.


Woof Walk

5/19/13  9:00 am at Noelridge Park, Cedar Valley Humane Society fundraiser for animal care


Cedar Rapids Fire Department Memorial 5K

5/25/13  7:00 am Starting at Prairie High School


Run The Flood

6/8/13  8:00 am Starting at Great America, 5K and 7 Mile fundraiser for flood recovery


Hard Charge

7/20/13  8:00 am at Seminole Valley Park, obstacle course race


Hy-Vee IronKids

7/27/13  8:00 am at Cherry Hill Aquatic Center and Park, swimming, running and bicycling events for youth

Prairie Park Fishery Trail Construction Scheduled to Begin This Week

For more information, contact:

Daniel Gibbins

Parks Superintendent

City of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation

Office: (319) 286-5760

[email protected]



April 17, 2013; 8:50 a.m.

Prairie Park Fishery Trail Construction Scheduled to Begin This Week

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – April 17, 2013 – Construction of the trail connection from the Sac & Fox Trail to the Prairie Park Fishery Loop is scheduled to begin this week, weather permitting. The Prairie Park Fishery Loop is expected to be closed through June 1, 2013.


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Meet Me at the Market

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  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.