As you may recall, earlier in the spring this year we had a social event at Northtowne Cycling and Derek showed us a video about a new trail project called ConnectCR. That was the first time we heard about it and in the past several months we got more information about this project and now ConnectCR is the talk of town, and I am very excited about it. You can see the video again here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCPZ3jWsw08#action=share, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j02f8ik_WTQ#action=share).
Briefly, ConnectCR is a $20 million project to beautify (the word they used is revitalize) the Cedar Lake and construct a pedestrian/biker bridge (the sleeping giant) across the Cedar River near the NewBo and Czech Village in downtown. As any good campaign, the heavy lifting is almost done, with almost $18 million pledged, and now it transitions into a more public phase to generate more support from the general public like us and more importantly to create more public awareness of this project. HBA as an organization has always been an enthusiastic supporter of trails and trail enhancement in Cedar Rapids and Linn County. This campaign fits very well with our mission statement that “HBA promotes bicycling safety and advocates bicycle friendly communities”. As you may proudly remember that during the last major campaign to finish trail paving to Center Point, HBA played a major role by raising more than $33,000 (out of about $100,000 local support needed to secure grand funding).
I feel, as you do, a keen ownership anytime I ride to Center Point on this section of CVNT. We are going to have a similar feeling when we ride across the Cedar River on this brand-new bridge. So, will you please join the HBA board to spread the words and to give your full support.
Here is what the board would like to do:
- Please send your donation to HBA, make it payable to ConnectCR (which is registered as a non-profit organization and your donation is potentially tax-deductible).
- As we did last time, dollars given to ConnectCR will be counted as points earned riding towards offset for the RAGBRAI fee in the coming years.
- Our club will match, dollar for dollar, all donations from HBA members up to a total of $5,000, and this will ensure a bench or a plaque on or near the bridge with HBA’s name on it.
- Any donations will be entered for prizes to be drawn at our fall social for gift cards to local bike shops and a finely-crafted quilt donated by a member (pictures of the quilt will be uploaded to our website soon). Additional chances to enter to win those prizes are the raffle tickets to be purchased at our fall social. Details of the prizes and rules will be provided later.
Thank you for your support and let’s make this happen.
Hawkeye Bicycle Association
Board of Directors