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:
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.
BikeNWA will launch three on-street protected bike lane pilot projects in three of the following cities: Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, or Siloam Springs.
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.
BikeNWA will organize and host local advocacy committee meetings in NWA cities to grow grassroots support for world-class on-street bike infrastructure.
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.
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.
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.
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?