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Remembering Diane McConnell: Bench Dedication
On Sunday, June 22nd at 2:30 we commemorated dear friend and bicycling advocate Diane McConnell as we dedicated a bench in Emerald Park overlooking the Arkansas River and the River Trail. The bench is about 0. 7 miles from the overlook at the Emerald Park Trail (across from Ft. Roots). We hope that the community will keep her in their thoughts for years to come when using this trail.
Bicifiesta a Big Success
On June 14, BACA and Metroplan hosted a bike fair centered around the Latino community in Central Arkansas. It was a huge success, with bikes and helmets given away, riding lessons offered and even a fun bike parade and other activities. The event gained press from a local Spanish-language publication. Check out the article for some great photos!
BACA Mid-June Updates
ONE STEP CLOSER TO SAFER STREETS FOR ALL!
Last Thursday, the Little Rock Planning Commission unanimously approved Little Rock’s Complete Streets Ordinance. BACA has been working for many years now to encourage the city to adopt such a policy and representatives showed up in support for the ordinance last week to watch it gain approval from the commission. Special thanks go out to Ken Gould who has studied Complete Streets Policies across the nation for a few years now and who is a big reason the city is moving forward with adopting a policy. The Ordinance now moves forward to the City Council for a final vote. You may have received an email recently touting the benefits of Complete Streets and asking for your help.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET COMPLETE STREETS PASSED!
If you are a Little Rock resident and would like to see safer streets for biking, walking and transit users, contact you ward representative and let them know. A quick email, a short letter or a 2 minute phone call could mean the difference. For more info on who your representative is, click here
REMEMBERING DIANE McCONNELL
Join BACA and the greater cycling community this Sunday, June 22nd, at 2:30 in remembering a dear friend and bicycling advocate Diane McConnell as we dedicate a bench overlooking the Arkansas River and the River Trail from Emerald Park. The bench is about 0. 7 miles from the overlook at the Emerald Park Trail (across from Ft. Roots)There are several options to join us in honoring Diane. The regular Arkansas Bicycle Club Sunday ride will leave from Two Rivers Park Bridge at 1:00 p.m. They will meet up with riders who want to start at 2:00 p.m. at Fike's Bikes in NLR on the River Trail. We will get to the bottom of Ft. Roots road on the River Trail (by the skate park) at about 2:15 p.m. to bike up to the bench. Those who want to drive to the ceremony can park at the nearest parking lot off Pulaski Tech. Continue to the parking area across from the baseball field. The gate will be open to walk thru and to Emerald Park Trail. When you get to the trail turn left and walk about 1/8 mile and the bench will be on your right.
More info on ABC's website
Please Join us to remember Diane
Click here for the approximate location of the dedication
COREEN AND LINDA BIKING FOR BACA
If you have been following our Facebook posts, you’ll know that BACA members Coreen Frasier and Linda Schuck are well on their way biking across the country and raising money for BACA to promote bicyclesafety and education! Their last check-in had them climbing the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway on their way to Missoula Montana. Coreen and Linda are on the uphill climb (literally!) through the Rockies. Help cheer them on and donate to their cause! We are up to $1600 currently and the more you can help the more we can share the joy of cycling to future generations and teach kids how to ride safely!
To donate you can either click the Donate here button on BACA’s webpage or by mailing a check to BicycleAdvocacy of Central Arkansas, P.O. Box 55677, Little Rock, AR 72215 and put in the memo line, Coreen and Linda’s ride.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE PERMANENT RESTROOMS AT THE SOUTH END OF THE BIG DAM BRIDGE?
Tired of seeing port-a-potties on the south end of the Big Dam Bridge? Help the BDB Foundation build a new bathroom, pavilion and concession facility near the parking area. See proposals and take a survey at the Big Dam Bridge’s website below
http ://bigdambridge . org/pitstop
There is also a public hearing 5:30 pm, Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Willie L. Hinton Center, 3805 W. 12th Street, LR, AR 72204. Come show your support. The more people who sign in for the meeting the more likely the Big Dam Bridge is to get a grant to help fund the project.
COME TO OUR NEXT BACA QUARTERLY MEETING
And finally, our quarterly BACA Membership meeting is coming up in July. Our guest speakers are Greg Maxted and Johnny Moore who will talk about the Harahan Bridge Project in Memphis and the Old White River Bridge in Clarendon, AR, both of which will create a vital cycling link between Memphis and Little Rock and the National Bike Route system. We will also have a very special announcement from Ron King, head of Recycle Bikes for Kids and all around local superstar!
Be sure to join us July 8th at U.S. Pizza at 6:30
And if you haven’t updated your BACA membership this year, be sure to go to our website and renew. BACA wouldn’t be here if wasn’t for members like you!
Complete Streets Set for a Vote - We Need Help!
The Complete Streets Policy will go before the LR Planning Commission this Thursday, at 4 pm, at City Hall. If the Planning Commission votes to approve the Complete Streets Policy, it will go before the Little Rock Board of Directors in mid-July, where it will be voted on and passed into law. Read our letter below to find out about the benefits of complete streets and how you can help influence this proposal. Please share it with anyone who wants a more livable Little Rock!
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.