In furtherance of our 5-year strategic plan, we work with the Walton Family Foundation—our primary funders—to identify tangible goals and initiatives that will make Northwest Arkansas a better place for people riding bikes. In 2018, BikeNWA will focus on the following projects:


1

BikeNWA will co-lead a regional delegation of community leaders to attend the second annual PlacesForBikes conference in Indianapolis and an accompanying study tour of Carmel, Indiana.

2

BikeNWA will launch three on-street protected bike lane pilot projects in three of the following cities: Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, or Siloam Springs.

3

BikeNWA will meet with elected officials and city/county staff each from NWA cities to advocate for and discuss best practices for bike infrastructure and bike-friendly policies.

4

BikeNWA will organize and host local advocacy committee meetings in NWA cities to grow grassroots support for world-class on-street bike infrastructure.

5

BikeNWA will convene Bike Alliance member organizations for quarterly meetings to discuss opportunities for collaboration, how to support one another's missions and development plans, and how to create a cohesive community of bike advocates.

6

BikeNWA will partner with the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission to develop a strategy to include on-street bike infrastructure and design best practices for adoption into the Northwest Arkansas Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

7

BikeNWA will collaborate to host an Open Streets pilot event in either downtown Springdale or Rogers to demonstrate the value of streets as public spaces.

8

BikeNWA will develop a score card that will chart the annual progress of cities as they become more bike-friendly. These score cards will be published online.


In addition to the above, we are also:

  • launching a pedicab service in Downtown Bentonville
  • working with UAMS to develop a bike education program for Northwest Arkansas's Latino and Marshallese communities
  • collaborating with Bike Bentonville, Bentonville Parks and Recreation, and the City of Fayetteville to offer a Square 2 Square training program
  • creating a bike valet service
  • leading the effort to launch a regional e-bike share system
  • working with AR-DOT to establish components of the USBRS (United States Bicycle Route System) in Arkansas

There's a lot more to be done to make Northwest Arkansas a better place for people riding bikes, but in order to do it, we need you to donate your time and money. Dynamic change starts with a simple question: will you help?