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New destination signs to help mark Cedar Valley trails

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There's a new effort to make the recreational trails in the Cedar Valley safer for everyone while making it easier to navigate the more than 100-miles of trails. 

Safety is always a priority, there was an assault on one of the trails last year. 

A woman was jogging along George Wyth bike trail in Waterloo when someone assaulted her. Though the woman recovered, police believe she was left for dead.

Now, new way-finding signs will not only make riding the trails seamless, but also put you at ease as you'll know where you are at all times. 

110 miles of trails to roam, and beautiful sights along the way.

The last thing you're worried about is getting lost.

Not only will these way-finding signs help joggers and runners along the way, but also emergency responders at a time of need.

  It was July of last year when Waterloo Police chief Dan Trelka responded to a sexual assault.

"She was out jogging, brutally attacked from behind," said Trelka. "Basically blitzkrieged." 

A woman was just out for a jog along the bike trail in George Wyth park when she was attacked from behind.

"How long this person laid and waited for this victim we don't know," said Trelka.  

It wasn't until campers found her, when they notified police.

"When they're under stress, sometimes they have trouble articulating their location," said Trelka. 

Now 134 new destination signs across the Cedar Valley trail system will link the entire metro area. 

"They'll be able to look at that sign and say well I'm right by a sign that says this and that'll help guide us to you," said Trelka.

Now a detailed description, of what would have otherwise been "somewhere along the trail."

Waterloo police are still following up on leads on the suspect for the sexual assault, but as time goes on there are fewer to follow. 

Police also reminding those who do go out on the trails, to always make sure to be aware of your surroundings. 

The Cedar Trail Partnership received a $20,000 grant from Principal Financial Group in Cedar Falls for this project.

The new signs are expected to go up this summer. 

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