BACA’s spring general meeting was held Thursday, April 2 at the Oyster Bar. We had some great speakers! We heard from a representative of the Clarendon/White River Bridge about how much BACA’s support has helped push their issue forward. The decision has not yet been made to save the bridge, but we are awaiting more news on how we can help. the Arkansas Bicycle Club has discussed organizing a ride to Clarendon to ride over the bridge (which is a gorgeous ride through a hardwood tree canopy). Stay tuned for more info!
We also had an excellent presentation from a team of students from the Clinton School of Public Service. We had approached them to help us develop a plan to promote the benefits of Complete Streets and how we might better support our efforts to get such a measure passed. Students Angela and Tatiana suggested using the power of social media to spread stories of people on bikes and other types of road users. BACA is planning a new social media and website campaign that will feature short profiles of riders around town–what makes them ride, what they love about riding in Little Rock and what they would like to see. Tune in to our Facebook page for more on this front.
We also discussed BACA’s action on the potential closing of the Big Dam Bridge between midnight to 4 a.m. to cut down on deviant behavior (see this post by Jbar Cycling). The bridge is apparently a hangout spot for young troublemakers who like to throw things off the bridge and vandalize the property. BACA has chosen to fight to keep the bridge open 24/7/365 and is looking into alternatives to closing it during those hours.
There’s a lot coming up soon! We’ll be talking about Ditch the Keys Week and Bike to Work Day in the next few weeks.