Public invited to share ideas on growing trail network

Tom Peffer recalls the days in the early 2000s when Linn County bicyclists basically had a couple of graveled trails and then had to ride on streets that had little space reserved for them and their wheels.

But great strides have been made in the past 20 years, said Peffer, president of the nonprofit Linn County Trails Association.

Linn County, Cedar Rapids and Marion now have a little more than 100 miles of hard-surface trails, with planners looking to connect existing trails and add more communities to the trails network.

“It’s just amazing how much progress we’ve made,” Peffer said. “We have to fill in the gaps or it really isn’t a system that flows like it should.”

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