2013 Mayors’ Bike Ride: A Great Show of Support


Seasonal temperatures made for a great bicycle ride throughout the city of Cedar Rapids on Labor Day, September 2nd.  The 2013 Mayors’ Bike Ride had an estimated 456 participants from several Linn County communities including Cedar Rapids, Marion, Robins, Center Point, Ely Fairfax, Springville, Ely and Hiawatha as well as far away as Wisconsin and Kansas.  Four mayors and eight other elected representatives rode along with the large contingent. This year’s total of registered riders was the largest recorded since LCTA sponsorship of the Mayors’ Bike Ride. The previous highest total was 436 in 2009.

The free, educational bicycle ride is organized annually as an opportunity to showcase the continued need and development for multi-modal transportation networks in Linn County.  For some elected officials, this is an opportunity to experience first-hand what it’s like to be a bicyclist in Linn County.  For bicycle enthusiasts, this is an opportunity to show support for bicycling and the development of trails in Linn County.  In 2013, participants donated $444 towards trail development in Linn County.

Elected officials who were  participants:

Ron J Corbett (Cedar Rapids Mayor)

Kris Gulick (Cedar Rapids Council Member: District 1)

Monica Vernon (Cedar Rapids Council Member: District 2)

Ann Poe (Cedar Rapids Council Member: At Large)

James E. Doyle Jr. (Ely Mayor)

David Rasmussen (Ely City Council Member)

Jason Rabe (Fairfax  Mayor)                                                                                     

Ian Cullis (Robins Mayor)

Roger A. Shebetka (Springville  Council Member)

Liz Mathis (Iowa State Senator: District 34)

Kristen Running-Marquardt ( Iowa State Representative: District 69 )

Joan McCalmant  (Linn County Recorder)

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s great ride. It was a great show of support. 

Mayors' Bike Ride on Monday!

Don't forget to come out for the Mayors' Bike Ride this Monday, September 2nd!  Registration will start at 9AM near the Ellis Park Pool, and the ride starts at 10AM. For more information please visit: https://linncountytrails.org/MayorsBikeRide/

See you there!

Cedar River Trail Closure between 8th Ave and 12th Ave SE. begins July 29th.


On Monday, July 29th, the City of Cedar Rapids will close a portion of the Cedar River Trail between 8th Ave and 12th Ave SE.  Construction for the CRANDIC Railroad Bridge Underpass will begin and is expected to last until November. Plans call for a retaining wall structure with 10-foot-wide bike path to go under the CRANDIC Bridge (see photo). The $750,000 project is funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency funds, the CRANDIC Railroad and the City of Cedar Rapids. Trail users are encouraged to use 2nd St SE (turn at the Federal Courthouse) and use the traffic signal to cross 8th Ave. The majority of the detour is the existing  alternate trail route through the Park and Ride Lot. Please use caution riding or walking through the Park and Ride Lot when cars and buses are present.

Trail Ride Video: Ely to Cedar Rapids


Thank to you community member Paul Jenkins for submitting this video!  Any trail users that have video or photos to share can always send them to LCTA!  We have a great collection of trail supporters and creatives in the region! Thanks for sharing your work Paul!

No July LCTA Board Meeting

The LCTA board has voted not to hold a meeting in July, and our next scheduled meeting will be in August.  We hope you have a great time enjoying the trails in July!

Celebrate National Trails Day with the LCTA!

American Hiking Society's National Trails Day® is the country's largest celebration of trails. Mark your calendar for Saturday June 1, 2013 to make sure you don't miss out on the thousands of NTD activities happening all over the country. Locally, the Linn County Trails Association will provide free food and beverages to trail enthusiasts at the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers’ Market.  Visit the LCTA booth in Greene Square Park and find out about 2013 trail development.  In addition, you can ride your bike to the market and park it at the Bike Corral located next to the LCTA booth.  Volunteers will watch your bike for you while you visit the market. Either way, be sure to grab some breakfast items (thanks to several area sponsors) and enjoy the season’s first market. It is our way of saving thank you for your continued support of trail development in Linn County.  The event is rain or shine, food or beverages while supplies last.


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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Run the Flood

Run the Flood is a 7 mile and 5k run/walk scheduled for Saturday, June 8th at 8AM.  The event starts and ends at the GreatAmerica Building in downtown Cedar Rapids. The 7 mile route goes up to Veterans Memorial Stadium, through Czech Village, and finishes along the Cedar River Trail.  Most importantly, the route highlights the development Cedar Rapids has seen and still reminds participants of the need for flood recovery.

Volunteers Needed
Run the Flood is looking for volunteers to act as route leaders on bicycles.    The 7 mile route begins at 8AM and the 5k route begins at 8:15AM.  There is a need for bicyclists to lead the runners and walkers along the course route.  If anyone is interested in volunteering for this event, please contact race director Kari Lammer at [email protected].

Trail Notice
Please note that there will be large amount of runners and walkers along the Cedar River Trail from the GreatAmerica Building and south to the entrance of the Solid Waste Agency while the race is underway.  If you have any questions, please contact race director Kari Lammer at [email protected].

BikeIowa Calendar of Events

Looking for upcoming trail and biking events? Check out the BikeIowa website calendar of events:


Meet Me at the Market - Date correction

Yesterday's post stated the wrong month for New BLUEhemia.  It is Saturday March 2 and free t-shirts are available to anyone that registers before March 3 and attends the first MMM event on May 2.  Otherwise you must attend 4 events to qualify for a free t-shirt.  Sorry for the confusion.