About the 2018-2019 Projects
BikeNWA has partnered with the cities of Fayetteville, Siloam Springs, and Springdale to implement a series of pilot projects that focus on creating safer streets for all users- people driving cars, people riding bicycles, and people walking.
These projects were funded by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation under their Home Region program that supports preserving and improving quality of life in our region.
Pilot projects are a great way to “test before you invest” in active transportation infrastructure so that data can be gathered and analyzed and then if needed changes made before permanent implementation. These projects are bringing best practices for the design of roadways to Northwest Arkansas.
All of the materials used in the projects are installed in a temporary manor so that they can be removed at the end of the 12 month pilot period. This allows each City ample opportunity to gather valuable insights and information about the projects that will ultimately inform the long-term outcome and viability for each project.
All three cities’ pilot projects are intended to better connect existing bicycle infrastructure, and retrofit existing roadways, to better serve those who bike for both recreation and transportation.
BikeNWA hired both Active Planning + Design (Fayetteville) and LaneShift Mobility (Siloam Springs and Springdale) to develop the designs of the project, including engineering, as well as the site planning, materials procurement, and implementation. All materials were purchased by BikeNWA for use in the pilots and staff and volunteers were used to install the materials.
Timeline: The sponsored projects were kicked off in late July 2018 with a planned completion by the end of November 2018. They will be on the ground and monitored and analyzed for approximately 12-months (December 2019)
SILOAM SPRINGS: COMPLETE
SPRINGDALE: Installation is complete. Please take the Post-Installation Survey.
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FAYETTEVILLE PILOT PROJECT
ROLLING HILLS – FIESTA SQUARE – APPLEBY SAFE STREETS PILOT PROJECT
BikeNWA would like to thank the more 15 community volunteers that spent a combined total of 60 hours installing the bike lanes!
BikeNWA contracted with Active Planning + Design and worked with the City of Fayetteville to approve the design, installation, and implementation of a safe and low-stress bicycle connection between the Razorback Regional Greenway (RRG) and Butterfield Trail Elementary School. The project makes improvements to Rolling Hills, Appleby, and through the parking lot in Fiesta Square.
This project specifically pilots changes to the street design for one-year that make it safer for all users of the street (people driving cars, people riding bicycles, and people walking) to travel to where they live, work, go to school, or to restaurants and shops along the corridor.
What could a permanent facility look like? We just need to take a look of what was recently implemented in Russellville, Arkansas.
Frequently Asked Questions: View the FAQ Sheet PDF
Design Plans For Rolling Hills and Appleby
Surveys: Pre-surveys were conducted prior to installation with overwhelming support for the project. Post-installation survey will be coming soon! Please go ride your bike and drive your vehicle on the corridor and let us know what you think!
SILOAM SPRINGS PILOT PROJECT
CARL – HARVARD – ELM – JEFFERSON – MAXWELL SAFE STREETS PILOT PROJECT
BikeNWA has contracted with LaneShift Mobility and worked with the City of Siloam Springs to approve the design and installation a safe and low-stress bicycle connection from downtown Siloam Springs to the Dogwood Springs Walking trail located West of Carl Street, establishing a neighborhood greenway. This project creates a safe and low-stress bicycle access between downtown Siloam Springs and neighborhoods and schools situated to the west.
A “neighborhood greenway” is a slow-speed, traffic calmed street that creates a shared space for people driving cars, people riding bikes, and people walking. This is done through a combination of speed mitigation measures and specifically for Siloam Springs, pinch points and speed humps were utilized. This project also includes a small section of enhanced bike lane that uses zebras to separate vehicles from people riding bikes.
Siloam Springs Route: Carl > Harvard > Elm > Jefferson > Maxwell > end at the intersection of Maxwell and Main (next to AbilityTree)
Installation: November 13 – November 29
Post-installation survey coming soon!
SPRINGDALE PILOT PROJECT
MEADOW – HOLCOMB – MAPLE SAFE STREETS PILOT PROJECT
BikeNWA contracted with LaneShift Mobility and worked with the City of Springdale to design and install a safe and low-stress bicycle connection between the Razorback Regional Greenway (RRG) and key destinations to the West. The project utilizes protected bike lanes along Meadow St., Holcomb, and then Maple. Additionally, homes and neighborhoods densely located near the western terminus of the project gain the ability to enjoy safe passage to Downtown via a bicycle.
Springdale Route: Meadow > Holcomb > Maple > end at intersection of Pleasant and Maple next to the Springdale Library
Installation: Thank you to the volunteers who helped with installation and the city staff who assisted with this project. Please give us your feedback by taking the Post-Installation Survey.