Help bring the U.S. Bicycle Route System to Arkansas

The U.S. Bicycle Route System is a national network of bicycle routes under development that will link urban and rural areas of the United States.  This network accommodates cyclists using a variety of different types of cycling facilities. 

Three corridors have been prioritized through Arkansas and are shown on the current National Corridor Plan as USBRS 51, 80, and 84. The proposed USBRS 51 would potentially connect those traveling north-south with the established USBRS 76 in Missouri.  The Missouri route, USBRS 76 is one of less than a dozen established national routes approved by AASHTO. Two east-west routes are also proposed (USBRS 80 & 84) running east-west through Arkansas connecting Oklahoma to Tennessee and Mississippi to Texas.  Read more...

Read moreHelp bring the U.S. Bicycle Route System to Arkansas

We want to bring together all road, trail, and sidewalk users around the state to make an impact on Arkansas.

Founded in 2012, our goal is to lead efforts to create a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly state.  Both cyclists and pedestrians share common problems such as the increasing threat from distracted drivers and a lack of safe infrastructure throughout the state. Bike/Walk Arkansas wants to mitigate these problems through seeking investment by the state in a balanced transportation system. 

Goals of the state coalition include building a coalition of organizations, leading the efforts for passage of the majority of bike and pedestrian legislation around the state, providing resources for bicycle safety education, developing more inclusive communities for cycling and walking, promoting bike tourism and travel, and seeking to make bicycling accessible to everyone.  Read more...

Read moreWe want to bring together all road, trail, and sidewalk users around the state to make an impact...

Bike/Walk Summit

Arkansas' first statewide bicycle and pedestrian was a huge success!  The summit was held at the Old State House Museum from May 9-11th 2014.  Coalition members are starting to plan next year's summit, so if you would like to be involved, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Thank you to the Old State House Museum and Metroplan for their support of the summit.

Old State House Museum                  Metroplan 

 

 

Registration:

We will have online registration for the summit at a date TBD.

 

Schedule:

To view last year's summit schedule click here.

 

Host Hotel:

Last year's host hotel was amazing.  We highly recommend staying there when traveling to Little Rock.

Capital Hotel
111 W. Markham St., Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Directions (This hotel is directly across the street from the Old State House Museum.)
Call direct 501-370-7062 (toll free 1-877-637-0037)

 

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Resources

Bike Education in Schools

Bike education in schools will increase the safety of streets, trails, and sidewalks and is far more than an academic overview of bicycling. Students practice traffic maneuvers on bicycles and learn the skills that will make them safer drivers of any vehicle for the rest of their lives.

There are currently multiple bicycle education programs in place around the state:

 

Bike ED in Fayetteville Public Schools

Bike ED is a comprehensive, hands-on program that started in 2010 in the Fayetteville Public Schools to teach 3rd through 5th grade students how to drive a bicycle. A Safe Routes to School Education grant from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and a supporting grant from Specialized Bicycles formed the financial backbone of the program. The Bike ED curriculum teaches the rules of the road and how to be visible, predictable, alert and assertive while driving their bicycle just as one would drive a motor vehicle. Even those not yet ready to balance on two wheels are learning the lessons as they fill the volunteer positions on our simulated roadway course.  Read more about the program here. A video was also made about the pilot year of the program.

 

Trail Time in Bentonville Public Schools

Bentonville Public Schools has perhaps the most comprehensive bicycle physical education program in the nation.  All seventeen schools in the district received a classroom set of high end Trek bikes including one of each teacher.  A manual called “Trail Time” was created to provide a thorough bicycle curriculum to the students.  As part of Trail Time a high school bike shop managed by students was created to maintain the bikes for the school. For more information about Trail Time click here.