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Moving Planet Update (September 24, 2011)

posted Sep 7, 2011, 10:47 AM by Rob Hogg   [ updated Sep 12, 2011, 4:20 PM ]

Moving Planet is a worldwide rally to support solutions to the climate crisis sponsored by Organizers call it a single day to move beyond fossil fuels. Thousands of events, including many bike rides, will be happening in more than 100 nations around the world. Events are also being planned for Ames, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Grundy Center, Iowa City, Lamoni, West Des Moines, and other communities in Iowa. For more details, or to sign up, visit

Here is a brief description of each of the nine events listed above.

Ames - Walk at Ada Hayden Heritage Park (5205 Grand in Ames) on the morning of September 24.


Cedar Rapids - Bike ride from Tait Cummins Park in southwest Cedar Rapids (adjacent to coal plant) to Water Tower Condominium Green Roof to Prairiewoods (the home of Linn County's largest photovoltaic array) where there will be an environmental fair, renewable energy tour, and speakers, concluding with a group photograph at 3:50 p.m.


Davenport – Walk beginning at 10:00 a.m. from Schwiebert Park in Rock Island across the Centennial Bridge to Davenport to a rally at the city bus terminal.


Des Moines – Bike ride beginning at 11 a.m. at the trail bridge across the Raccoon River next to Mullet’s Restaurant and finishing there by 2 p.m.


Dubuque – Bike ride and walk beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Prescott School, touring the Historic Millwork District, passing a coal plant being decommissioned next year, passing the Municipal Service Center where the second largest photovoltaic array inIowa will be installed later this year, and finishing at the northwest corner of Miller-Riverview Park.


Grundy Center – Walk around the Grundy County Court House in Grundy Center beginning at 9:00 a.m.


Iowa City – On a special date, Sunday, September 25, bike ride and walk leaving from the Pentacrest at 1:30 p.m. to Lower City Park for a program and environmental fair that runs from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Lamoni – Walk, pedal, or skate to a better future beginning at 10 a.m. at the corner of Cherry Street and College Avenue in Lamoni.


West Des Moines – Junior high school students will be meeting at 1415 Grand Avenue in West Des Moines at 11 a.m.


In Cedar Rapids, you are invited to join Moving Planet Bike Ride Cedar Rapids on Saturday, September 24. It will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Tait Cummins Park, 3000 C Street SW, in Cedar Rapids, and end with a group photograph at 3:50 p.m. at Prairiewoods, 120 E. Boyson Road, in Hiawatha. Here are the event details:
1:00 p.m. - Meet at Tait Cummins Park, 3000 C Street SW, in Cedar Rapids, for bike ride.

1:30 p.m. - Bike ride stops at the Green Roof at the Water Tower Condominiums, 900 Second Street SE.

2:00 p.m. - Environmental Fair and Renewable Energy Tours begin at Prairiewoods, 120 E. Boyson Road, and continue throughout the event.

3:00 p.m. - Speaker Kurt Friese, chef, owner of the Devotay restaurant in Iowa City, and author of "Hot Spots on the Chili Trail" about the impact of climate change on chili varieties.

3:50 p.m. - Moving Planet Bike Ride Cedar Rapids concludes with a group photograph.
You can participate in any or all of the event even if you do not bike.  For more information about this event in Cedar Rapids, contact Emy Sautter, Prairiewoods ecospirituality coordinator, at 395-6700, or find us on Facebook by searching for Moving Planet Bike Ride Cedar Rapids.