Cycling

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Coordinators for the Slow Streets NWA program are asking for public input on expanding routes intended to provide safe access for pedestrians and cyclists during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is expected to run on the weekends from May through June and from September through October in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. 

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Professional cross-country mountain bike racing is coming to Fayetteville this spring. The OZ Trails U.S. Pro Cup will be held over the course of two weekends in April at Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain. The men and women who will racing the purpose-built course will be vying to qualify for the Summer Olympics that will be held in Tokyo later this year. Spectators will be welcome and pandemic safety protocols will be in place.

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Northwest Arkansas Community College is working with the Bicycle Industry Employers Association to establish a one-year bicycle technician program at the school. The program is going through an approval process, but could launch later this year. 

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There are some new laws in Arkansas that are intended to make travel easier and safer for both cyclists and motorists, but they only work when everybody knows what they are, which is why the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation aims to educate both groups about the rules of the road.

 

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The University of Arkansas has earned gold status as a bicycle friendly campus from the League of American Bicyclists, a national cycling advocacy organization. In just the past couple of years, the university rolled out the VeoRide bike sharing program, created the Discovery Bikeway through campus and built mountain biking trails.

In 1982, the state of Idaho adopted a law allowing cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs and stop lights as stop signs. Now, Arkansas has done the same. A program manager with BikeNWA explains why the measure makes sense on the road.

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The city of Fayetteville recently secured its bid to host the 2022 UCI Cyclocross World Championships. We speak with Paxton Roberts, executive director of BikeNWA, about the event and about the sport of cyclocross.

BikeNWA has just completed the installation of three pilot projects in Fayetteville, Springdale and Siloam Springs. The projects, which are focused on creating safer streets for all users, were funded by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

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This week, volunteers and city of Springdale workers are helping BikeNWA install a mile-long protect bike lane pilot project. The project aims to connect more neighborhoods to downtown Springdale and the Razorback Regional Greenway.

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This weekend, some of the best mountain bikers and BMX riders in the world were in Springdale for the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship. We hear from some local and international riders after their seeding runs took place Saturday and as they prepared for the head-to-head finals.

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