Linn County Trails Association

LCTA is an all-volunteer organization supporting the development of nature trails for recreation and commuting in Linn County, Iowa.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Mayor's Bike Ride on Labor Day

Dean Barnum writes:

Mayor Kay Halloran will lead the Mayor's Bike Ride on Monday, 4 September, Labor Day.
It will start on May's Island at 2nd Avenue across from city hall at 8 AM, and go for about eight miles. Helmets are required. There will be free helmets for children.

LCTA hopes you can attend. Please wear your LCTA T-shirt or purchase one at the LCTA booth for $10. If you just want to visit, the LCTA booth will be open most of the morning.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Volunteers Needed: Mayor's Bike Ride

Amy Reasner writes:

Would anyone be willing to staff a table at Mays Island Monday, Sept. 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for the Mayor's Bike Ride? I am obtaining more information, but it looks like we might also provide donated food or beverage, too. This is a wonderful chance to talk to city officials and the public about the need for a connected trail system in the metro area.

I would like 3 volunteers, or we could do 2 for 1.5 hours and 2 for the second 1.5 hours. Please advise if you can assist!! We will have the large map with the proposed and current trails highlighted for any discussions with the city officials or members of the public with questions.

Friday, August 18, 2006

LCTA Seeking Signage / Trail Improvements Ideas

The LCTA Safety and Amenities Committee is seeking your input on areas of the trails system where you think additional signage (or other improvements) would be beneficial. If you're up for the task, download the PDF file here:, print out the forms, and head out to the trails to start looking for ideas. We would like all information returned to Lynn Ocken by September 30. Also, please let Lynn ( know as soon as possible which part of the trail you intend to cover.

Note: If you'd like to display a poster about this information, you can download it here:

Here are some additional tips for adding your comments:
  • It helps if you give each proposed sign a number. This is a temporary number, it helps if 2 people need to discuss a sign together by phone or e-mail. That number won't appear on the sign.
  • If a sign already exists, check off that column. Tell us if you think it needs more information, or is in the wrong place, or is too small, etc. in the column called "comments".
  • Any information you need to include that doesn't fit in any other column should go under "comments". For example, you may want to explain a problem that you see at this location.
  • For interpretive signs, you might know of an image that would work well with theproposed text. If so, it can be a rough description; you don't need to know of an EXACT image. For example, you might say "prairie blue stem" or "old image of early mill that stood here".

CRT Segment G Progress

The next leg southward on the Cedar River Trail, known as "Segment G" from Ely Road to 76th Avenue, is now under construction. No exact word yet on when it will be finished that I know of, but I'm guessing this fall. When this phase is complete, the CRT will connect with the Hoover Trail, leading to Wright Brothers Boulevard near the north end of Ely.