Welcome to Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas
Join us in celebrating Judge Buddy Villines on Dec. 2!
Judge Villines is retiring at the end of this year, and as many of you know, he has been a key player in many of the county's bike and pedestrian projects. BACA is organizing a dinner to honor his work and legacy and we'd love for you to join us! Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available now! Visit the official website for more information.
BACA Mid-September Updates (9/19)
BACA MEETING OCTOBER 2ND AT OYSTER BAR
Join BACA at the Oyster Bar October 2nd at 6:30 for our Quarterly Public Meeting. Coreen and Linda will be sharing with us their journey across the country this summer on bike along the Adventure Cycling routes. And in addition, come hear about the work being done to get an Adventure Cycling route through our very own state!
JUDGE VILLINES DINNER
Central Arkansas is fortunate to have so many people who promote cycling, but none has had quite the impact that Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines has had. From the Big Dam Bridge to the to the Two Rivers PArk Bridge Judge Villines has put Central Arkansas on the map as a cycling destination. And weather you ride for sport, for health, with family or just for fun, we hope you will Join BACA in thanking Judge Buddy Villines as he leaves office for all that he has done and everything he has accomplished.
Join BACA and presenting sponsor, The Big Dam Bridge Foundation, December 2 at the Little Rock Marriott for an evening of fun, good food and many thanks as we show are gratitude for all that Judge Villines has help to build in Central Arkansas. To find out more about tickets and Sponsorship opportunities, visit http ://www . villinesdinner . org/ and help spread the word!
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! - WE NEED YOUR HELP !
Our House Kids Event September 20th 10am – 2pm We need a few more volunteers to come help at the Our House Kids event THIS SATURDAY. As part of the Our House Health and Wellness Day, we will be setting up an obstacle course and teaching kids how much fun riding a bike can be and how to ride safe.
Big Dam Bridge 100 September 25th – 27th - BACA will have a booth again this year at the BDB 100 Expo Thursday and Friday and we need volunteers to help meet registrants and discuss bicycleadvocacy in central Arkansas. People from all over the country will be in town and we need volunteers to come share their passion of cycling with visitors and recruit new members. And on Saturday, BACA will be at the ride cheering everyone on as they cross the finish line. Come hangout, enjoy friends and drinks and promote cycling in Central Arkansas
To volunteer for either of these events, contact Stacy Tierney, firstname.lastname@example.org
ARKANSAS RIVER TRAIL EMERGENCY MEDALLIONS
You may have noticed something new along the Arkansas River Trail recently. The Arkansas River Trail Task Force is installing emergency contact medallions along the trail every .2 miles. When emergency happen on the trail, many riders are hard pressed to describe exactly where they are and how emergency crews need to get there. The medallions will be numbered so that trail users can quickly tell emergency responders what number they are at. Over 100 of these medallions will eventually be places along the entire length of the Arkansas River Trail System to Pinnacle Mountain State Park
FIRST PROTECTED BIKE LANE PLANNED FOR LOUISIANA STREET DOWNTOWN
Little Rock Bike Ped Coordinator, Jeremy Lewno is working with the city’s public works department to build Central Arkansan’ s first protected Bike Lane along Louisiana Street. The protected lane will run North bound on the one Way section of Louisiana between 4th and 12th streets and will not only have a painted buffer zone, but will be behind a parking lane, separating the bike traffic from moving cars. Currently plans are still being developed as work continues on the resurfacing.
McCRORY TRAGEDY - VERDICT
It’s been over a year since the tragedy in McCrory where a distracted driver who was texting, ran down a group of young cyclists in McCrory Arkansas, injuring 6 and killing 1. The driver, Teagan Martin, 22 of Newport entered a guilty plea of Last week, Woodruff County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Bell ruled in the case, sentencing the defendant, Teagan Martin to 1 year in prison with the term suspended for 1 year, if he performs 150 hours of community service including speaking at least monthly to civic groups, schools, churches, youth organizations and other interested groups about the dangers of distracted driving. He is required to provide a bicycling advocacy group contact information so that inquiries can be made regarding speaking engagements. He is also required to make inquiries with at least 5 media outlets offering to share his story in interview form and has agreed to publication of his narrative account of the effect his actions have had on himself, the victims and their families. He agrees to provide a letter to his State Representative and State Senator offering to appear before any legislative committee or subcommittee dealing with the issues ofbicycle safety, distracted driving and related issues He was assessed fines in the total amount of $7700.00 of which $4500.00 is suspended upon the condition that he make dollar for dollar contributions to the Merritt' Way Foundation or any other suitable charitable foundation having as its primary mission education of drivers regarding bicycle safety, the dangers of distracted driving and other issues. A review hearing is scheduled for January 21, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the Woodruff County Circuit Court.
BACA is supportive of the Judge’s ruling and will be contacting Mr Martin to discuss how he can help promote awareness of distracted driving. Some people are angry that Mr. Martin did not get jail time or that he does not have to do more community service. The sentence was agreed to by the victim's family and will have a greater positive impact than sending Mr. Martin to jail. Since the event, Mr Martin has met with the family of Merritt Levitan, who was killed in the wreck and had become one of the lead spokespersons for TEXT LESS DRIVE MORE, a nationwide campaign launched by the Merritt Family to promote awareness about distracted driving.
In an interview with ABC News, Anna Levitan said “We did not want him to go to jail. He’s a country boy at heart and I don’t think he woke up one morning saying he wanted to kill a beautiful 18-year-old. He’s very remorseful and I think he’s in shock, still. Hopefully, he will join our team and be anadvocate.”
Look for more updates as we work with Mr Martin to promote safe driving in Arkansas and for more info on the story, you can go to ABC News .
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. And email us your cycling events at email@example.com
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, see http ://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.