Petition · John Boozman: Calling on Senator John Boozman to Help Save Our White River Bridge! · Change.org

Imagine cyclists making their way across the state, entering via the Big River Bridge from Memphis, Tennessee and arriving in West Memphis, Arkansas. You'd think the views crossing the Mississippi River to be one of the highpoints of the ride. But miles later, the cyclists reach the White River Bridge at Clarendon, Arkansas. This almost two-mile long route crosses high over the White River and at … [Read more...]

It’s in the Dirt! Bacteria in soil may make us happier, smarter « Therapeutic Landscapes Network

I'm not much for gardening, I'm not sure what it is, maybe the years as a kid trying to make movie money by mowing lawns or pulling weeds or raking leaves for someone else. I'm just not super interested in doing it for me as can be proven by the state of my yard. But for some reason, I love working on trails, designing them, building them, maintaining them. At first, I thought it was just the … [Read more...]

The Latest Plogging Fitness Craze Could Help Clean Up Cities – CityLab

We know that many outdoor enthusiasts around Arkansas are willing to stop and pick up some trash while enjoying their time outside. We know of many who go out to collect trash and decide to do it via bike, canoe, running shoes, or hiking boots. You just may not have realized there was a name for it, Plogging, and it seems to be growing in popularity. This is the kind of fitness craze we'd like to … [Read more...]

Winning Means Showing Up | Bike

Local trail advocate Bruce Alt, first chair of Central Arkansas Trail Alliance and former Vice President of Government Relations for the International Mountain Bicycling Association spells out what it takes to gain access to public lands. This is important reading for anyone who appreciates trails and public land access. If you hike, run, or ride trails, this is for you. Thanks to Bike … [Read more...]

Arkansas Mountain Bike Trail Conditions

For mountain bikers and other trail users, the thought of heading out to the trails when they are in bad shape or temporarily closed or in a fragile state sends them racing for the internet to find answers to the question, How are the Trails? Recent rains or freeze/thaw cycles can leave trails a mess, windstorms including straight-line winds and tornados can totally trash the trail. So where is … [Read more...]

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...]