Linn County Trails Association

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

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".


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recommend that something be done to more-clearly mark that there are two paths for bicycles and walkers between 1st Ave. and 3rd. Ave. in downtown Cedar Rapids. Something like a sign at each end of the path that says "Cyclists: Please use trail to the right of the railroad tracks."

Keith Sutherland

August 20, 2006 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keith: Are you sure it's bikes on one side, walkers on the other? I thought it was northbound on one side and southbound on the other. (I guess that's why we need signs to specify.)
- Joe Clark

August 20, 2006 8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In general, I'd like to see small signs on CVNT showing street/road names. There are a few already. Since I live in town, it takes careful study of a map (after we return) to match up gravel roads crossed by bike with their names. This could enhance safety if one had a bike problem and needed to call for pickup, as well as satifying the curious traveler.


August 22, 2006 10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel that if you must take your dog out on the trails that you clean up after them. Going around the trail at Cedar Lake can be terrible, even in the grass before entering the trail. There should be a sign that says, "If you can't clean up after your dog, leave it home"

August 23, 2006 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to see awareness raised in both Hiawatha and Cedar Rapids for bikers trying to cross streets. Blairs ferry is one example. The "walk" sign flashes on for a few seconds and cars still will not give cyclists in the crosswalk the right of way. I've nearly been hit on more than one occasion.
I avoid the trail altogether in Hiawatha.... cars pulling in and out of Dairy Queen (and side streets) refuse to give cyclists any concideration.... I stay on the street, I feel safer.

August 23, 2006 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the comment about cleaning up after your dog. I have recentlly been walking the cedar lake trail and there is dog droppings all over the trail and grass area....

August 24, 2006 7:02 PM  

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