PLACES TO RUN
Scott Blvd – Iowa City, IA
Location: Scott Boulevard is an arterial road that runs from north to south on the east side of Iowa City. The southern edge intersects with Highway 6 and the north intersects with Highway one. The total length is near 5 miles, or 4.87 miles to be exact.
Segments: Highway 1 to Rochester Ave – remote area, not as busy. Rochester Ave to Muscatine – really busy. Muscatine to Highway 6 – active segment, but not as busy.
Mileage: The total length is near 5 miles, or 4.87 miles to be exact.
Terrain: This is all paved cement, wide sidewalk.
Elevation: Rolling hills. Nothing steep, but a great workout.
Scenery: Residential, business and cow pasture (the Hwy 1 to Rochester Segment.)
Maintenance: The sidwalks are inspected for cracks and kept in great condition. In the winter the snow is removed by the owner of the sidewalk, sometimes non city portions take a while to get cleared.
Features: There are no public bathrooms on the route, however you can stop at the Gas Station near the intersection with Court St. There are also port-o-potties across the road in the Iowa City Dog Park, near the Muscatine intersection. No water fountains.
Warnings: There are busy intersections on this route, including 4-way stops. IMO no one is paying attention and is always in a hurry to take their turn, often never stopping. There are also some side streets, where cars speed thru the cross walk to the street, no paying attention to pedestrians. PLEASE be alert! Bikes will use this sidewalk instead of the road too.
Personal Notes: I frequently run the portion of Scott Blvd between Muscatine and Rochester. From where I live it’s easy for me to run a 5k with an out and back. My favorite thing is the wide sidewalk and the hills.
Other: There are usually many people out and about using this sidewalk too.