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Beautiful weather for a bike ride helped draw the largest crowd ever for an annual Labor Day bicycle ride through Cedar Rapids on Monday.

The annual Linn County Mayor’s Bike Ride, sponsored by Linn County Trails Association, drew nearly 400 participants. Riders could pick either an eight mile ride or a two and a half mile “fun ride” through the city.

Steve Hershner, Linn County Trails Assoc. president, said participants would get to see both some scenic parts of the city as well as portions of multi-use trails in the area—primarily around Cedar Lake. Hershner said it was great to see a big crowd on the morning ride because the trail group wanted participants to see some of the new things happening for riders around the city.

“We’ve got a lot of activity going with our trails, a lot of developing going and some new things out there too,” Hershner said adding “we’ve got the bike lanes (downtown) that people need to learn and get themselves educated on so this is a great opportunity.”

In addition to regular riders, organizers were also pleased to note about ten local politicians, including Mayor Ron Corbett, making the ride. They also see the ride as an opportunity to educate people who can make changes about the improvements and needs for cycling.

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