Welcome to Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas
BACA Does the Ice Bucket Challenge
Watch BACA President Mason Ellis take on the ice bucket challenge at the Big Dam Bridge! BACA is also donating $100 dollars to ALS research. Don't forget about this weekend's Bike and Hike for ALS on Sunday! Check the calendar for more info.
BACA July and August Updates
COMPLETE STREETS UPDATE
No updates from the city, but it looks like the Complete Streets ordinance will come up for a vote in September. Have you contacted your local board representative about Complete Streets? Remember, city ward elections are coming up this November. Find out how your representative feels about safer streets and ask them for their vote. -- Find your ward representative here.-- BACA is reaching out to the board but we need support from individuals like you to help make streets safer for all users in Little Rock!
If you having trouble contacting your individual ward representative, you can email the whole council at email@example.com and let them know you support the Little Rock Complete Streets Ordinance!
COREEN AND LINDA BIKING FOR BACA
After a beautiful ride down the Katy trail in Missouri, Coreen is closing in on the Atlantic Coast. During her last check in, she was about half way through Indiana with only a couple of states left. Though the Rockies are behind her, the Appalachian Mountains will soon be visible on the horizon.
And while Coreen may not have much further to go, we still have some ground to cover fundraising! Please show her your support by donating to her cause!
To donate you can either click the Donate button on BACA’s webpage or mail a check to Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas, P.O. Box 55677, Little Rock, AR 72215 and put in the memo line, “Coreen and Linda’s ride”.
BIG RIVER PARKWAY LEVEE RIDE
This past weekend, a few lucky cyclists got to take a sneak peak at the future Big River Parkway which will run along the top of the Mississippi River Levee. The trail will one-day connect all the way down to New Orleans, but Sunday, the St Francis Levee Commission granted a one day, all access pass for walkers, runners, hikers and cyclists allowing them to experience the Mississippi River Delta like never before for 60 miles between West Memphis and Marianna. The Regional Director for the Big River Parkway, Greg Maxted, said that he hopes for a second day of access this fall. We will keep you posted if a second day happens. Greg was one of our two guest speakers at the last BACA membership meeting, who came to talk about the Harahan Bridge Project . For more info, check out JBar’s blog for a full story.
ARKANSAS HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT MEETINGS
Public notices have gone out about two public meetings sponsored by the Arkansas Highway Department regarding Planning and perhaps widening of Interstate 30 between I-530 and I-40. How will this affect the Arkansas River Trail? Can biking and walking paths be incorporated into the right of way as well? And is widening our interstate system through the heart of Little Rock and North Little Rock really the best appropriation for millions of dollars? Come see what is being planned and give your opinion. It’s up to members like you to set the path for Little Rock’s future. More cars or More walking and biking?
WHAT: The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is holding two Public Meetings* to discuss the Interstate 30 Planning and Environmental Linkages Study. The study area includes I-30 from I-40 to I-530, including the Arkansas River Bridge, as well as I-40 from JFK Blvd. to Hwy. 67.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce (Bank of the Ozarks Conference Center) 100 Main St. in North Little Rock, AR
WHEN: Thursday, August 14, 2014 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential (Cash/Campbell Ballroom) 707 I-30 in Little Rock, AR
NOTE *The meetings will be “open house” format and will present identical content
Be sure to check out the BACA Calendar for all Cycling events in Central Arkansas as well as updates and calls for volunteers on Advocacy items.
BIKE & HIKE for ALS, August 17th - An 18 mile bike ride, a 3.5 mile hike, and an 18 mile return bike trip with proceeds going towards ALS research.
The Saline County MYAC's Bike-A-Thon September 6th - The MYACs' Bike-A-Thon is an event that is organized and operated by the Mayor's Youth Advisory Councils of Saline County. All proceeds from this year's event go towards benefiting the Saline County Imagination Library.
Pop Up Park Hill and Kidical Mass September 13th - Pop Up in the Rock is part of the national movement called the “Better Block Project” whose goal is to enhance a forgotten, desolate, or car-dominated street into a more community-oriented area for a weekend in the hopes of inspiring permanent change. Also, join the Kidical Mass during the daylong event. This will be a fun, free, family group ride from Idlewild Park to Pop Up Park Hill to show/encourage youth, families, and everyone to ride their bikes to the park and in their neighborhood.
Coreen and Linda are riding across America to support BACA. Donate on their behalf today!
About Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas
We are a bicycling advocacy organization serving the central Arkansas metropolitan area, consisting of Little Rock, North Little Rock, Pulaski County, and the surrounding communities. BACA seeks to provide a unified voice of advocacy for changes in attitude and public policy that will improve the safety, convenience, and acceptance of bicycling in central Arkansas. We envision a future where Arkansans embrace bicycling as an integral part of our way of life; where bicycling is accepted as a safe, practical, and equitable means of travel; and where Arkansans recognize that bicycling creates cleaner, healthier, economically stronger, and more livable communities.
Please consider supporting bicycling in central Arkansas by becoming a member or making a donation. Thanks.
You Can Help
We have a lot of ways that you can be a part of the bicycle friendly community. First, become a member of Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas.