Spring is here, time to dust off that helmet and pull out your bright clothing; it's bicycle season! Stay informed on local upcoming bike events and rides. Please visit the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee page for more information.
Boyson Trail— 2.4 miles, crushed limestone trail, follows Indian Creek.
Krumbholtz Trail— .75 mile, crushed limestone trail, Thomas Park to Highway 100.
Lindale Trail— 1 mile, crushed limestone trail, from Lindale Drive West to C Avenue.
Gill Park Trail— 1,500 feet, circular walking path.
Lowe Park Trail— 1.25 mile, paved trail from 10th street to Oak Ridge Middle School parking lot.
Lowe Park Art Trail— Paved path that winds its way through art sculptures and behind the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts.
Hanna Park Fitness Trail — Situated along Boyson Trail running through Hanna Park, this new section of the existing trail features outdoor exercise equipment for public use.
Marion Trail Etiquette
- By City Ordinance pets MUST be on a leash and owners are required to picked up after them if they make a mess
- Keep the trail clean and tidy
- Stay alert
- No horses allowed on our trails
- No motorized vehicles
Information for Cyclists
- Rules of the Road: http://bikeleague.org/content/rules-road-0
- Smart Cycling Videos: http://bikeleague.org/ridesmartvideos
- How to turn with Bike Lanes: https://www.sfbike.org/news/bike-lanes-and-right-turns/
- Riding on Bike Boulevards:
Marion Master Trails Plan
Marion’s current Master Trails Plan was adopted in 2014 and provides an outline for future trails and on-street bikeways with an emphasis on connectivity to community destinations and enhancement of the regional trail network. The Plan focuses on existing conditions, best practices for design, a recommended trail network, plan implementation, and performance measures.
Lindale Trail Crossing at Lindale Drive
This Project is using Capital Improvement Project – Signal funding and includes improvements in the form of additional trail crossing signage as well as rapid flashing beacons. Work was conducted in April and May wit seeding yet to be completed. For more information regarding this project please visit the Project Page.
Donnelly Park/Boyson Trail Bridge Replacement Project
This Project includes the replacement of the existing low water creek crossing on the Boyson Trail with a pedestrian bridge as well as a realignment of the trail. Work began mid-May and is almost complete. The bridge and trail are open to users. Please visit the Project Page for more information.
Lowe Park Parking Lot and Trail Connection
This project includes the extension of Irish Drive and the current sidepath into Lowe Park along with the addition of a trail to be constructed east, connecting with the Lowe Park Art Trail. Work is to begin no later than June 24, with 50 working days allocated to the project. For more information please visit the Project Page.
Master Trails Plan Recommended Trails & On-Street Bikeways Map Update
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) is currently reviewing the Master Trails Plan for potential amendments to keep with current street construction practices and allow for additional on-street accommodations to be identified. Following a recommendation from the BPAC, the City Council will have review and approval of the proposed amendments.
Grant Wood Trail Extension (Highway 13 to 35th Street)
The Grant Wood Trail Extension project is jointly funded by the Linn county Conservation Department, the City of Marion, and a federal surface Transportation Program grant. The Grant Wood Trail extension will mostly utilize former railroad alignment to connect with the planned trails along the Central Corridor roadway project. Construction is anticipated in 2017.
CeMar Trail and Bridges
The CeMar Trail is meant to connect Downtown Cedar Rapids with Uptown Marion. The portion of the CeMar Trail within City limits will utilize easements from private property owners, City parkland, and former railroad property. The two former railroad bridges (one over Indian Creek and the other over Marion Boulevard) will be reconstructed as part of the trail project. Funding for this project is provided by a Surface Transportation Program grant and local match provided by the City of Marion. Funding for this project will become available in 2016 which will allow engineering design and environmental assessments to begin.
Indian Creek Trail
The Indian Creek Trail will utilize greenspace areas along Indian Creek to connect the Boyson Trail (just north of 8th Avenue) to the future Tower Terrace Road sidepaths. Although the City owns the majority of the property needed to develop the trail, some partial property acquisitions may be needed. Funding for this project will be made available through a federal Surface Transportation Program grant and local match provided by the City of Marion. Funding will be available in 2018 which will allow for engineering design and environmental assessments to begin.