Category Archives: Bike

Thursday To-Do: Bicycle Advocacy for Central AR Monthly Meeting

Join Bicycle Advocacy for Central Arkansas (BACA) for its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, January 6 at the Oyster Bar in Little Rock. For more information, visit BACA’s website, www.bacar.org.

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Tuesday To-Do: Public Involvement Meeting to Discuss Widening of Hwy 5

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) will be conduct a public involvement meeting to present and discuss a study of the proposed widening of the Hwy. 5 corridor from Benton to the Pulaski County line. The study will identify the general corridor, typical design and major constraints involved in reasonable alternatives that will proceed to the environmental study stage.

If you would like to see bike lanes, widened shoulders, or any other bike or walking facility on this roadway, now is the time to ask for it!

WHAT: Public Involvement Meeting to discuss a study of the proposed widening of the Hwy 5 Corridor from Benton to Pulaski County line

WHEN: Tuesday, December 14 – 4-7 p.m.

WHERE: First Pentecostal Church (4200 Hwy, 5, North) in Bryant

This will be an “open house” meeting with no formal presentations. The public is invited to visit anytime during the scheduled hours to view exhibits, ask questions, and offer comments.

For more information, contact Ruby Jordan, Section Head – Public Involvement, AHTD at ruby.jordan@arkansashighways.com.

Thursday To-Do: AR Bicycle Club Christmas Party

Join Arkansas Bicycle Club (ABC) for its Christmas Party, tonight at 6:30 p.m. at U.S. Pizza (2710 Kavanaugh Blvd) in Little Rock. For more information, visit www.arkansasbicycleclub.org.

Thursday To-Do: Bicycle Advocacy for Central AR Monthly Meeting

Join Bicycle Advocacy for Central Arkansas (BACA) for its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, December 2 at the Oyster Bar in Little Rock. Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines will update us on the completion on the Two Rivers bicycle/pedestrian bridge and the development of the County’s “Chain of Parks” trail. For more information, visit BACA’s website, www.bacar.org.

Ozarks Unbound: Fayetteville Awarded $500,000 through Sustainable Cities Institute’s Pilot Program

In June, the City of Fayetteville was selected as one of four cities to undergo a site visit to determine which two cities will receive the $500,000 Sustainable Cities Institute Pilot Cities grant. Well, the verdict is in! Fayetteville is one of two recipients with the other city being Charleston, South Carolina.

The City of Fayetteville, in partnership with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), will use the money to fund an affordable housing project in Fayetteville, a trail spur from Frisco Trail behind the Mill District to Walker Park, and an engineering manual to assist with the implementation of the newly passed Low Impact Development ordinance.

Ozarks Unbound has the detailed story. Check it out!

Congratulations, City of Fayetteville and NCAT!

Thursday To-Do: AR Bicycle Club Monthly Meeting

Join Arkansas Bicycle Club (ABC) for its monthly meeting, tonight at 6:30 p.m. at American Pie (9709 Maumelle Boulevard) in North Little Rock. For more information, visit www.arkansasbicycleclub.org.

Work Began on Clinton Presidential Park Bridge

This past Monday marked the official start-date of work on the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge, a former railroad crossing that will be converted into a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Arkansas River.

Conversion of the bridge has long been a priority for central Arkansas cyclists. Plans were announced nine years ago, but work delay, design challenges, and escalating costs prevented the City of Little Rock from meeting the original completion date, which was November 2004. Along with $1 million from Little Rock and $2.6 million from the Clinton Foundation, the funds to renovate the bridge include $2.5 million in federal stimulus money and $2 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The City of North Little Rock also contributed $750,000 to the project.

Completion of the bridge will close the 14-mile Arkansas River Trail Loop. According to the City, the bridge is less expensive and easier to cross than the elevator and stairs incorporated into the conversion of the nearby Junction Bridge.

As a cyclist, I welcome this news and look forward to the day that I can cross the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge.