Linn County Trails Association

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

Monday, September 18, 2006

Fall I-380 Cleanup (Oct 1)

Mark your calendars! Teresa Kurtz from the Keep Linn County Beautiful committee writes this:

"Due to the numerous requests we've received, Keep Linn County Beautiful is coordinating a Fall Cleanup along Interstate 380 on October 1. The Fall Cleanup will be along I-380 and ramps only. In accordance with safety guidelines outlined by the Iowa Department of Transportation you must be 14 years of age and older to participate."

Details: The cleanup will be on Interstate 380 and ramps, on Sunday October 1. Pick up Supplies at Great Outdoor Traditions (3338 Center Point Road NE) between 12:30 and 1:30
Bring gloves, orange t-shirts (limited safety vests available) and a friend. Event will take place rain or shine. No registration is required.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Poll: Bike Racks

LCTA is taking a poll: What locations on the Linn County trails do you think most need bike racks? We are discussing bike racks in the Safety & Amenities committee, and your input will be helpful in drafting a map and plan of where bike racks are most needed. Leave your responses as comments on the blog here. Thanks.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Report: Mayor's Bike Ride

LCTA participated in the Mayor's Bike Ride on the morning of September 4th (Labor Day) by providing juice, free trail maps and information about trail planning to those attending. Around 250 riders took part in the event, which started on May's Island and included riding through the Brucemore grounds (as well as several neighborhoods in the city).

The Mayor's bike ride was a wonderful event and we plan to participate next year, if it becomes an annual event. Shown below are some pictures of the event:

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Segment G Update

On Labor Day (Sep 4), I was out at the south end of the trail and captured a few photos of the progress on Segment G south of Ely Road...

The first is the view from the current end of the trail near Wheatland Park. The second shows where the end of the gravelled section was, about 3/4 mile south of Ely Road.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Website "Tour" Pictures

For those of you who have looked at the "Tour" link on the LCTA website, you'll probably notice that many of the pictures are out of date and small. If you're interested in snapping some new photos and submitting them for inclusion on the website, email This could be done while you're filling out the signage comment forms. Thanks. :-)