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BACA September Updates
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! - NATIONAL BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN SURVEY
This week, both Little Rock and North Little Rock will be taking part in The National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. The project is a survey of what the biking and walking scenes look like in a city. This will provide valuable information to help us promote more biking and walking infrastructure in both cities and show the growth of biking and walking. The survey will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdayin 18 locations as well as Saturday from 10 – 12
WE STILL NEED A FEW VOLUNTEERS FOR SATURDAY THE 6TH FROM 10 – 12
If you have some time this Saturday and will not be riding in the BIKE MS event, Please contact Jeremy Lewno at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer and for more info.
COREEN AND LINDA BIKING FOR BACA
Coreen has finished her Journey and is back home! A group of BACA members went to greet her at the airport this past week to welcome her back after her cross country ride. She has quite the story to tell so follow BACA to find out how you can hear her story. Coreen’s ride raised over $2,500 which will go towards programs and materials for bicycle education, a cause Coreen is very passionate about. If you would still like to donate in honor of Coreen’s return home, please do!
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”.
ADVOCACY ALERT! - NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN WEST LITTLE ROCK MAY THREATEN CYCLING
1) In the recent slew of new mega gas station proposals, another one has surfaced that will effect cyclists in West Little Rock. A 20 pump Murphy Oil Gas Station is being proposed at the intersection of Taylor Loop and Cantrell Road . This is a frequented intersection by cyclist who are travelling from west Little Rock neighborhoods north to Pinnacle Valley Road. The proposal will increase traffic congestion and the number cars entering and exiting the street at this already dangerous intersection.
If you feel this development will be unsafe for cyclists in the area as well as harmful to surrounding residents, commuters and pedestrians, you can attend the upcoming Public hearing at the City of Little Rock Planning Commission Meeting at city Hall, this Thursday at 4:00 and voice your concerns. A group of neighborhood residents are planning on attending to oppose the development as well. If the issue passes, it will then head to the City Council for a final vote. For more info on the proposal, Click Here
2) There are reports of a "big box" company seeking to purchase land to build a retail outlet at the top of River Mountain Road & have the property rezoned from residential to commercial status. There are only three property owners from the Cantrell Road intersection to the point down the hill on River Mountain Road at which River Mountain Park begins. An actively opposed property owner has brought together an informal group of property owners in the general area of the potential development who would be adversely affected one way or another by the development &, in addition, a few bicyclists. Nothing has been filed with the city and to our knowledge, no land purchases have been made as of yet.
A development this size and at this location would have immense negative effects on cyclists either biking down the road or driving to access the Two River Park Bridge and the Arkansas River Trail as well as general traffic congestion at the Intersection of Cantrell and River Mountain Road. While no action is needed at this time, BACA is carefully following this as it develops and will keep everyone informed.
FORT ROOTS HIGHLAND TRAIL PROGRESS
The Fort Roots Highland Trail around the perimeter of Arkansas River side of Fort Roots is one of the most spectacular anywhere & for most of its length well paved. However, the section the runs between the fence behind the historic administration homes on the Fort Roots grounds & the quarry that drops off nearly perpendicularly for several hundred feet to the river level below is very dangerous for a distance of 150 yards or so.
BACA representatives have met with NLR Mayor Joe Smith & NLR Parks & Recreation Director Bob Rhodes to discuss possible ways of eliminating or reducing the danger. Mayor Smith indicated that he thought that Fort Roots wants to maintain the paved area on the other side (inside) of the fence for walking by Fort Roots patients. Mayor & BACA Board member Pat Hays (who is also involved in the effort to solve the problem) also indicated that he thought that "need" to maintain the patient path was deterring Fort Roots from simply relocating the fence that runs down the middle of the paved area over to the east-Fort Roots side of the paving.
Mayor Smith indicated that the city is willing to pave a new path for the patients walking adjacent to the east- Fort Roots side of the existing path & then move the fence over to create a path on the river side of the fence that would be sufficiently wide to eliminate or reduce the danger. Mayor Smith has met with the Fort Roots administrator who is actively considering options for solving the problem. Mayor Smith indicated that he was optimistic that the problem could be resolved.
THE TACKS ARE BACK
Last Friday, cyclists along Pinnacle Valley Road discovered that once again, someone had littered the road with carpet tacks, meant to puncture cyclists’ tires who were riding in the area. Tacks had also been tossed out along Barrett Road the previousSaturday. This is a dangerous act that could have far reaching consequences. Currently there is a petition going around to ask the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office to monitor the area and search for the culprit, however It will be difficult to catch someone in the act. In addition, BACA will be meeting with county officials to discuss next steps to what can be done to deter this maleficent act and create a response strategy for if it happens again.
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.
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.
Bike MS: Rock’n Hot Ride 2014 September 6th – 7th - Join us and more than 150 of our closest friends as we tour the scenic views of Central Arkansas and the historic Spa City. Riders of all ages (minimum 14 years) and skill levels will set out on this 2-day journey! Your participation will aid in assisting support programs, services, and research that makes a huge difference to the people who must fight MS every day of their lives.
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.
Conway Fall Classic September 20th - CAB presents the Conway Fall Classic. This is an annual road cycling event designed for cyclists who enjoy riding the countryside. Our partner this year is City of Hope Outreach, seehttp ://www . coho58 . org/; Mark your calendar now to ride in this event to support the important work of City of Hope Outreach and CAB.
The Big Dam Bridge 100 September 27th - The Big Dam Bridge 100 offers several routes ranging between 15 and 100 miles, with some beautiful mountain and river scenery, as well as a few challenging hills on the longer routes. The event provides participants with maps, well-stocked aid stations, great volunteer support, and an event t-shirt, as well as food and drinks. The event finish line ends in the Argenta District of downtown North Little Rock with a BDB100 block party and live music!
Big Rock Mountain Bike Festival October 4th - The Central Arkansas Trail Alliance and ArkansasOutside.com will be hosting the Big Rock Mountain Bike Festival at Boyle Park on Saturday, October 4, 2014. The festival is an extension of the annual Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day that’s been held at various locations in central Arkansas over the past 4 years.
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.
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.