Five Things the Bike Movement Can Do Now to Move Toward Racial Equity | Center for Social Inclusion

On this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we wanted to look at some ways that we could be more inclusive in outdoor recreation in Arkansas. The world of cycling has some dramatic differences in participation among various racial groups when it comes to recreation vs. transportation. Here we share an article by Simran Noor on ways to help your local bike movement move toward more racial … [Read more...]

The Elected Officials Rulebook: Interview with Bruce Alt – Front Lines MTB

An excellent podcast featuring local trail advocate Bruce Alt. Bruce was instrumental in forming Central Arkansas Trail Alliance and went on to work as the Government Affairs Officer for the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Alt is now back in central Arkansas and can be found working on our local trails. Learn about the delicate balance it takes to work with elected officials to … [Read more...]

Leaf it Be?

Few things spark controversy among trail maintenance organizations like broaching the subject of blowing leaves off hiking and mountain biking trails. As predictable as the change of seasons, each Autumn I can count on various Facebook feeds, chat rooms and discussions over beers at the local brewery turning to should you or shouldn't you blow leaves off the trails. My initial answer to the … [Read more...]

Ramp accessible | City of Little Rock

The ramp connecting the Arkansas River Trail east of Broadway Bridge to the bridge will likely be accessible from here on out, but the ramps and associated work around the ramps (drainage, landscaping, etc.) are not yet complete (Fig. 1). The ramp to the Arkansas River Trail west of the Broadway Bridge and the trail under the bridge are not yet complete (Fig. 2).  The connection to the ramp … [Read more...]

Why You Should Join a Membership Organization — Outdoor Alliance

Do you enjoy our wild spaces? Do you hike, paddle, climb, mountain bike or trail run? You can help protect these places by joining a membership organization. Here are some national organizations and below the article are links to some Arkansas-based organizations. In the last few months, the public's interest in civic engagement and advocacy is through the roof. At Outdoor Alliance, we do a … [Read more...]

Resolved to be Involved – 2016

Welcome to 2017 everyone. I'm sure everyone has come up with new year resolutions by now. After doing some quick research online it seems that most resolutions involve quitting something or getting something. This is certainly true of those of us who want to improve our health. We want to quit smoking or alcohol or eat less. Others want to be better at a physical activity like running and cycling. … [Read more...]

Cycling Hub of the South « Rex Nelson’s Southern Fried

Rex Nelson, writer of the article below on the growth of cycling in Arkansas, will be speaking at the Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas quarterly meeting this Thursday, January 5 at The Oyster Bar. Meeting begins at 6:30 pm, come early for dinner. Admission is free. (Facebook Event) It was a beautiful Saturday in late October when dignitaries from Arkansas and Tennessee gathered on the Harahan … [Read more...]

What if?

For Eleven years now, I've attended the Governor's Conference on Tourism. Over this time, I've made three presentations, the first was on using social media in tourism and hospitality businesses. I did one on bicycle friendliness a few years ago. It was well received but there was a lot more ground work to do in the field. Since then Arkansas found itself listed as 50th in bicycle friendliness in … [Read more...]

City Presents Kessler Mountain Master Plan Draft and Seeks Public Comment

A chance to make your ideas and thoughts known, The Kessler Mountain Master Plan The City of Fayetteville invites citizens and interested persons or groups to a public meeting on Monday, Dec. 14, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center (1335 W. Knapp Street, east of the Agri Park pavilion and N. Garland Avenue). The Parks and Recreation … [Read more...]

Dennis Moore Trail Closed

We just got word of this through the Ozark Off Road Cyclists: OORC - IMPORTANT NOTICE: Dennis Moore Trail is CLOSED Hey Everyone, We sincerely regret having to make this announcement... To all that have come to know and love the Dennis Moore Trail, we are sad to say it is now CLOSED - effective immediately. Built by Dennis Moore and company roughly 20 years ago, the trail passes … [Read more...]