Reminder: Participate in the SAPADAPASO Parade!

Cedar Rapids Bicycle Ambassadors and Linn County Trails Association SAPADAPASO St. Patrick’s Day Parade Entry


Open to the public - No registration – Just show up!

Encouraged by:

Linn County Trails Association

Trail Supporters

Bicycle Ambassadors

Bike Clubs and Cyclists

Decorate your bicycle and yourself in Irish colors – green, white, orange

Walkers and other trail users welcome

Details: Meet at Coopacabana 529 4th Avenue and 6th Street SE at 12:45 pm. Line up in front of Coopacabana between 12:50 pm and 1:00 pm. Parade Entry number 36

Details on Bikeiowa’s Ride Calendar

City Manager Meet & Greet Postponed!

The City of Cedar Rapids is postponing the three special events scheduled for this week for residents to meet City Manager Jeff Pomeranz due to winter storm conditions. The three “City Manager Meet & Greet” events that were scheduled for February 1, 2 and 3 will be rescheduled for a later time.

The Bike Lane - City of CR BAC Newsletter - Dec 2010

CITY OF CEDAR RAPIDS BICYCLE AMBASSADORS 1st Place Best Use of Light in Holiday Parade
The City of Cedar Rapids Bicycle Advisory Committee and Bicycle Ambassadors won first place for Best Use of Light in the Cedar Rapids Holiday Delight Parade on Dec. 4 Thanks everyone for lighting up your bike! A large group of about 60 or so cyclists, with all types of bikes, holiday lights and décor, gathered at Coopacabana for some pre-parade cheer. We rolled slowly along the parade route to the delight of the parade watchers. A fun time was had by all and, afterward, many of us met for post-parade cheer at Parlor City, Al’s Blue Toad, Chrome Horse and New Shack Tavern. Last year we won first place for Best Decorated Vehicle. We are planning to have an entry in the parade next year also. Mediacom will air the holiday parade throughout the month of December on channel 22.

One of the City of Cedar Rapids City Council’s new committees will be the Public Works Committee, made up of some City Council members, the Public Works Director, and others to be appointed, with the City Manager functioning as an advisor. The committee will oversee the annual Capital Improvement Project process, the status of the City’s trails plan, construction projects, the sidewalk plan and assessment policies. The Comprehensive Trails Plan is to be presented (date to be determined) to this committee, as the first step in the City Council process to approve the plan. The committee will decide if and when the plan will be presented to City Council for approval at a City Council meeting. For more information about the Comprehensive Trails Plan visit Shive-Hattery’s project tracker

Funding for CEMAR Trail Phase 1 is in the City of Cedar Rapids proposed FY12 budget. If City Council approves this item in the budget, the anticipated start of construction is Summer 2012. CEMAR Trail Phase 1 will begin at the Cedar Lake Loop Trail on Shaver Rd and end at Prairie Dr NE. CEMAR Trail Phase 2, beginning at Prairie Dr and ending at 29th St NE, was completed Fall 2010. Landscaping for Phase 2 will be done in Spring 2011. The City will pursue grant funding for CEMAR Trail Phase 3 in 2011, with possible construction in 2014. This will complete the 2.8 mile CEMAR Trail and connect downtown Cedar Rapids to Marion.

Upcoming Events:
New Year's Eve Last Race of the Year 5k
GPS Fun in the Snow
Snowshoe Walk
Winter Native American Skills
7th Annual Winterfest
Indian Creek Nature Center 4th Annual Paddle Fest
Iowa Bicycle Summit & RAGBRAI Announcement

City of Cedar Rapids Bicycle Advisory Committee

Annual Event Reminder!

Please join the LCTA Board of Directors for an annual reception to take a look back at the past year and what to look forward to in 2011!  Please RSVP to if you can  join us!  Details are:

Wine & Beer Tasting
Appetizers Included
Benz Beverage Depot
December 7th, 5:30 - 7:30

For more information contact:


Please join us for an informal neighborhood meeting discussing CEMAR recreational trail and related projects

Hosted by: 
Ms. Monica Vernon,  Mayor Protem
Monday, November 22, 2010
Flaherty Community Room in Basile Hall, Mount Mercy University Campus

For more information contact:
Maddie Cafferty
Public Works Information Officer
City of Cedar Rapids Public Works Department
Office: (319) 286-5802


Board of Directors Annual Meeting

The Linn County Trails Association Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis.  The November meeting is the annual meeting for the organization.  All meetings are open to the public, but public participation is especially encouraged at the November meeting as the new budget and proposed board of directors is voted on during this meeting. For a full meeting agenda and a list of the proposed board of directors, please click either of these links:

Nov 10 Agenda

2011 Proposed Board

Trail Clean Up Press Release

The Linn County Trails Association is partnering with the City of Cedar Rapids on a trail clean up event on Saturday, November 6th at 10:30AM-11:30AM (except Cedar Lake Loop, see below).  Community volunteers are asked to arrive at one of four trail heads to clean up trash, debris, and litter along the trails.  Trail head locations are: Cedar River Trail, Sokol Park; Cedar River Trail, McLeod Park; Cedar Lake Loop (clean up will begin at 9AM); and Cedar Valley Nature Trail, Boyson Rd.

A Linn County Trails Association Board Member will be present at the trail head locations to distribute gloves and bags, provided by the City of Cedar Rapids.  Volunteers can work in teams to collect any garbage along the trails.  Volunteers of all ages and skills are welcome to attend.

Volunteers are asked to report back to the trail head with their garbage bag upon completion.  The City of Cedar Rapids will be collecting the bags following the clean-up. 

An RSVP is not required to volunteer, but is appreciated.  Please RSVP by emailing  Visit for more information.

1 down - 2 to go!

Trick Or Treat on the Trail
Linn County Trails Association hosted 30+ children and families along the Boyson Trail at Thomas Park in Marion on Sunday October 31st for Trick or Treat on the Trail.  Kids stopped at the LAMBA (Linn Area Mountain Biking Asssocation) to get their first round of candy.  The next stop was getting Halloween tattoos on their hands and face. There was a station for doing a leaf drawing and guessing the mystery items that felt like brains and hearts...last, but not least, they stopped at the scary pumpkin man who was handing out fresh cookies and more candy!  At 4:00, the Marion Public Library did a 'Ghost Reading', which was a huge success for the children in attendance!  Thanks for all the trail supporters who stopped by!

Trail Clean Up
Your next opportunity to support the trails in Linn County is by volunteering for the Trail Clean Up day scheduled for this Saturday, November 6th at 10:30AM.  RSVP's are not required, but appreciated.  Please email Kari Lammer, to confirm your participation!  Any ages and skill levels are welcome! 

LCTA Annual Reception
Join the LCTA board for an annual reception on December 7th at Benz Beverage Depot.  Share your ideas for trail development and any feedback on how you use the trails!  There will be a wine and beer tasting, as well as appetizers served.  Please consider joining us as we celebrate the accomplishments over the past year!

Busy Weeks Ahead!

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the upcoming LCTA events:

- Trick or Treat on the Trail, Oct 31st
- Trail Clean Up Day, Nov 6th
- LCTA Annual Reception, Dec 7th

Visit the events page on our website to learn more!

City Sweep & Trail Clean Up

The Linn County Trails Association is partnering with the City of Cedar Rapids on a City Sweep, this weekend, Saturday, October 23rd.  The City of Cedar Rapids will focus on beautifying the following neighborhoods:

Mound View
Meeting Location: Imago Christi Church (1700 B Ave NE)
Contact: Emily Meyer (431-3080)

Meeting Location: A&W on Ellis (1136  Ellis Blvd NW)
Contact: Robert Zeck (294-4872)

Wellington Heights
Meeting Location: Wellington House (392 15th St SE)
Contact: Terry Bilsland (366-3427)

Taylor Area
Meeting Location: Taylor School front parking lot (720 7th Ave SW)
Contact Amy Buelow (241-9055)

The City of Cedar Rapids will be supporting LCTA on the Trail clean up day on November 6th by providing trash bags. 

*Wearing work gloves and boots is recommended!!!