Keeping Your Head Above Water

Arkansas River Flooding

When the Arkansas River starts flooding in Central Arkansas, one of the first places hit is the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River Trail and adjoining parks. High water can make the area dangerous and riding some of the wet, natural surface trails can be bad for them. North Little Rock Parks and Recreation is managing the situation and has sent on the following request and … [Read more...]

Why – The Inaugural Mountain View Epic

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I was thinking, since the Mountain View Epic is the only race in Arkansas I know that has “Epic” in the race title, I have to do this story on “What is Epic?” …and why is the most demanding mountain bike race in the state deserving of this title?  That was the plan, and then the race began… It was the inaugural event, the very first one put on by the famous Frank Webber and his amazing sidekick … [Read more...]

Challenges of Epic Proportions (Part 2 – The Race)

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(Part 1 is here) Cyclists were already milling around in front of the Stone County Courthouse on the Mountain View town square, nervously making last minute adjustments to their bikes, packing drop bags for various aid stations and sizing up the competition. I noticed a few full rigid, single speed bikes and thought to myself, life is just not hard enough for some people. After looking over the … [Read more...]

Challenges of Epic Proportions (Part 1)

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Being a race organizer is a tough thing; dealing with permitting, aid station logistics, publicity, sponsors and volunteers. This past weekend Sarah and Frank Webber pulled off all of that and a little extra...okay, a whole lot extra, with the Mountain View Epic. For their first time directing a large, regional event, they challenged themselves with holding a mountain bike race on one of the most … [Read more...]

Cyclofemme

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As I write these words, it has been five days since I met forty-seven women, a gaggle of kids, and a batch of manbassadors at Murray Park to ride the 4th annual Central Arkansas Cyclofemme ride. In the weeks leading up to the ride I reminisced over hundreds of photos, past stories, and a lot of feelings both sweet and bittersweet. I spoke to a lot of people about Cyclofemme during those weeks too; … [Read more...]

Ditch the Keys – National Bike Month

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As part of National Bike Month, Bicycle Advocacy of Arkansas (BACA) has partnered again this year with Ditch the Keys and others to promote both bicycle usage and Ozone Action Days in central Arkansas. According to the Ditch the Keys website: Ozone Action Days is a public awareness program that educates central Arkansans about the harmful effects of ground-level ozone. Ground-level ozone is the … [Read more...]

Lessons from the Bike AR Mag Launch

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1. When you tell cyclists "free beer", you'd better mean it and you'd better have lots of it. 2. It is faster to get downtown by bike than by car. I was coming from too far away to bike, but I passed a group of cyclists including my friend Keshari on Markham close to the Blind School. By the time I made it through the traffic and found a parking spot, she was inside with beer in hand. Lesson … [Read more...]

The Clash of Cultures

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One of the most interesting aspects of the growth of the bicycling culture in Central Arkansas takes place when it rubs up against the existing norm of our cities. The meeting is often expected to be very negative; yet, when it finally happens it often has a positive outcome. Events this past weekend in downtown Little Rock and the South Main Street (SOMA) area exemplify this result. I was … [Read more...]

Bikes Bringing Communities Together

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This tale begins when a downhill racing dirt diva, a mountain biking mom and a trails coordinator walk into a coffee shop. These three women walked in to Arsaga's with an idea for a women's mountain bike ride to kick-off the dedication of the Razorback Greenway Trail, a 36.9 mile multiuse trail in Northwest Arkansas that connects Fayetteville to Bella Vista. They walked out with a plan for a group … [Read more...]

Moving Forward

Drawing #2 Proposed Plan for Riverfront Drive.

Update: This from Jeremy Lewno, Bike Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Little Rock, "Great news to report! All of the emails and messages have worked. Ward 2 Director Kathy Webb asked the City to proceed with the Grant Application to restructure Riverfront Drive, referencing the 70 some emails she's received today alone regarding this project. City Manager Bruce Moore confirmed moving … [Read more...]