Bruce Alt Named IMBA’s Vice President of Government Relations (Local Boy Does Good)

A few years ago I posted about a trail work day on the Jackfork Mountain Bike Trail at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. It was an invitation to anyone who wanted to come help me out. I got one taker, Bruce Alt, it was the first time I met Bruce. Bruce is a personable guy and soon he became a regular part of trail work days. Bruce was building something and I was only one cog in the machine he was … [Read more...]

Sometimes it’s just about the ride…

...or run. It's not always about racing or even a personal best. Sometimes, often the best times, are the days you just head down the trail. This past weekend a lot of us had the chance to just head down the trail, some ran, most rode. We enjoyed being in the woods on a warm Spring day, thanks to Central Arkansas Trail Alliance (CATA). A couple of months ago, members of the CATA board … [Read more...]

What a Year of Advocacy Can Do

It's been about a year. Central Arkansas Trail Alliance has been supporting trail access, building advocacy and maintaining local trails for about a year now as an organized group. So far CATA members have: Brought back the Boyle Park trails in Little Rock clearing trail corridors, rerouting poorly designed and worn out sections and building bridges to improve user experience. Performed … [Read more...]

A New Crop of Trail Stewards

It was going to be hot and I suspected that only a couple of us regulars would show up for the clean and ride. Clean and rides are what Central Arkansas Trail Alliance, a local International Mountain Bicycling Association chapter, call a trail work day. Usually, we show up, do some trail maintenance maybe a reroute or whatever is needed, then we have something to eat, maybe a quick beer to cut the … [Read more...]

Trails don’t just happen

One of the most popular activities in parks and wilderness areas is hiking on trails. For thousands of years trails have been used for transportation, hunting, exploring, commerce. Long before roads, trails were created not on purpose but through repetition of use, the path of least resistance to travel from one point to another. In the late 19th century, as our technological world expanded … [Read more...]