Extensive Trail System Keeps North Liberty Rolling

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By Rachel Begle

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa – As North Liberty continues to rapidly grow, one thing on the top of the city’s priority list is expanding its extensive trails system. There are already over 20 miles of trails in place to connect virtually every part of the town. Future plans also look to connect the town to both Iowa City and Solon with a destination trail.

With an average age of 29, the population of North Liberty is young and active. Parks Director Guy Goldsmith says one of the toughest parts of his job is keeping up with demand. “Oh our trails are extremely busy. When we’re out doing maintenance, it’s hard to get down through the trails sometimes when it’s a busy day.”

This high level of activity is great news for local business owner John Yetley. He has operated Sugar Bottom Bikes for the past six years. From bike repairs, to sales and rentals, he keeps North Liberty rolling.

Yetley says he appreciates the city’s efforts to provide fun things to do. It’s an effort that has helped North Liberty evolve from a bedroom community into a hometown. A change that is good for Sugar Bottom’s bottom line.

Yetley adds, “With new people moving into the area, with added bike trails, obviously more people are out on their bikes. They have safer places to ride. Families are able to get out and ride safely which has definitely been beneficial.”
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