Cycling

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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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We get an update on Fayetteville's new bike-share system, which has had more than 5,000 rides since launching in mid-September. We also hear about some of the issues that have arisen since the system's launch, and get tips on how to be a more conscientious bike-share user.

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BikeNWA is launching protected bike lane pilots in Springdale, Siloam Springs and Fayetteville to show city leaders and residents how on-street bike infrastructure works. The organization is starting with a round of public input meetings on all three projects. The Springdale pilot is focusing on a stretch of Maple Avenue between Pleasant and Holcomb streets and will use delineators called “zebras” to separate the bike lanes from the road.

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In about a month, Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas will launch the region's first bike share system after entering into a contract with VeoRide. The fleet will consist of 290 standard pedal bikes and 50 e-bikes, which are bikes with an electric pedal-assist mechanism. The bikes will be parked at designated locations around the city, and users will be able to unlock them using a smartphone app.

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