ADVOCACY IN ACTION

How do you advocate for Bicycles? Teach a child to ride. Invite a friend to ride with you. Let your city board member, state representative and members of Congress know that you love bicycling and want them to support funding of infrastructure for complete streets and enforcement of safe cycling laws and policies. Sponsor or donate to BACA to help us advocate or all people who bike.

From the president

August Update
BACA night at the TRAVS V. NWA NATURALS AT ARKANSAS TRAVELERS – AUG 7, 2019 7:10 PM | DICKEY-STEPHENS PARK

Meet Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas at the ballgame, Wednesday, August 7, game time 7:10 pm. It’s $1 Hot Dog Night. General Admission,“ Bleacher Garden” tickets (this is where we will be!!) are just $6 each so get your tickets, grab your bike and meet us at the game, avoiding the traffic jam and parking search. Remember your helmet, lock, and bike lights. Bicycles can be secured to the fence around the outfield. 

Looking for someone to ride with?
Meet Jim Britt and the Arkansas Bicycle Club at Two Rivers Bridge parking at 6:10, or fall in at BDB at 6:20 for an Arkansas River Trail Ride to the Ballgame. Jim plans to head back around the 7th Inning Stretch time.

OR, meet Jodi Morris at the Clinton Library landing of the Clinton Bridge at 6:20 for a short Northshore Ride to the game. Jodi plans to stay to the end of the game.

**We suggest you buy your tickets online before the game to save the wait in line!! **
https://www.milb.com/arkansas/tickets/single-game-tickets

Remember bring a lock and night lights!
  

SAVE THE DATE
Please save the date, October 3, to join BACA for the Quarterly General Meeting. We have a great program planned that you will not want to miss!! 


THANK YOU!!
Thank you to all who came out for our Ride of Silence for John Mundell. We placed the Ghost Bike , joined by many of John’s family and friends. We also want to thank the City of Sherwood Police for their great support during our ride. 





 

May is National Bike Month!


Honor Fallen Riders on May 15, 2019, 6 PM

BACA invites all bicycle advocates to ride in honor of those killed or injured on a silent ride from the parking lot next to EZ Mart at the corner of Main Street and Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive in Little Rock, to the Arkansas State Capitol. Beginning at 6 PM, we will ride in two columns, side by side, in silence, at an easy pace of less than 12 mph. Distance one way is approximately 1.5 miles. At the Capitol there will be a brief commemoration remembering Central Arkansas cyclists including Brett McCullough, 52, who was killed by a hit and run driver near Hot Springs, Arkansas in May, 2018, and John Edward Pilcher, 51, who was killed by a hit and run driver in Little Rock in October 2018.

A bicycle, painted all white, is placed as a memorial to fallen riders at the location of the accident that took their lives.

The Ride of Silence is an annual international slow, silent bicycle ride on the third Wednesday in May to honor bicyclists killed and support those injured while riding on public roadways. It helps to raise awareness among motorists, the public and decision makers to make our roadways safer for everyone, especially bicyclists.

The first Ride of Silence was held in Dallas, Texas in 2003 and has now spread across the country and around the world. This Ride of Silence in Little Rock is sponsored by Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas (BACA). Ride leader will be Jim Britt.

If additional information is needed, please contact BACA executive director, Jodi Morris, at 501.420.2785, bacaexecutivedirector@gmail.com.


Blood a Road Film Screening, 8pm, May 15

The award winning documentary Blood Road featuring 7xWorld Champion Rebecca Rusch, who completed the first time-to-beat setting ride of the Arkansas High Country Route, #ArHC, on the morning of the Ride of Silence, will be screened free at The Root parking lot, 1500 Main Street, Little Rock at 8 pm. Bring a bag chair and money if you want to eat (restaurant will be open) or purchase a $5 raffle ticket for Rusch donated items. Sponsored by Rebecca Rusch, Red Bull Media Films, National Park Service/ Central High NHS, The Root and BACA.

FRIDAY, May 17, 2018 Ditch the Keys and Bike to Work

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https://www.mapmyrun.com/workout/3529416292

Join Arkansas Bicycle Club, BACA and Metroplan Ozone Action Days on a bike commute convoy from Murray Park Pavion 2&3 parking area along the Arkansas River Trail and downtown Little Rock to the South Main Historic Business District (SoMa). Boulevard Bread, Community Bakery and The Root are offering free coffee to bike commuters and Esse Museum and Astor’s will open early with free admission.

Smart Cycling Class – December 9, 2017

Build your cycling skills, knowledge and confidence!

Join Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas for

SMART CYCLING

When:
Saturday, December 9, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where:
HIA Velo
2201 Brookwood Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas

In this one-day Smart Cycling skills course, you will learn about basic bike maintenance and repair, practice skills to improve your safety and confidence on your bike, and participate in a ride on city streets following all rules of the road to increase your predictably, visibility, and safety. This class is also the precursor to becoming an LCI.

What to bring: Your bicycle and helmet, clothing appropriate for riding in the weather, water bottle, snacks, and lunch.

$28 (regularly $50) thanks to the support of Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas. Lunch will be provided. Scholarships available. Email for info.
Class is limited to 10 people

For more information please email bicycleadvocacyinfo@gmail.com
Class size is limited, so don’t delay!

BACA Needs BDB Expo Volunteers!

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There’s no doubt the Big Dam Bridge has become an icon and served our community in countless ways. One of those ways is the Big Dam Bridge ride, an annual ride put together by the Big Dam Bridge foundation that brings riders from all over the United States — including a few professional riders.

BACA will have a booth at the BDB Expo on Thursday, September 22 from 4-7 p.m. and Friday, September 23 from noon to 8 p.m. Come visit us or contact us about volunteering. We look forward to seeing you out there!

Big Dam Bridge Celebrates 10 Years

On  Thursday, September 8, Little Rock and North Little Rock citizens and local leaders met at the Big Dam Bridge to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of its opening. In the past 10 years, nearly 9 million people have crossed the $12.5 million bridge. At 4,200 feet, it is the longest bike and pedestrian-specific bridge in the world and it has been named one of the top 10 bridges to visit.2016-09-08-10-31-01

Volunteers Needed for Bike and Pedestrian Count Surveys

September is always a busy month for us and this time we really need your help with volunteering! Join in on the National Bike and Pedestrian Documentation Project, which seeks to track growth in walking and bicycling around the United States. The survey will take place on the following dates and times in Little Rock:

Saturday, September 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

We have around 36 open time slots that need to be filled at various places and times around Little Rock and we’d love to have you out there counting bicyclists and walkers!

If you are interested in helping, please contact BACA President Mason Ellis at masonellis@gmail.com to see the available dates and sign up! Thanks for helping.

Introducing Cyclists of Arkansas

Cyclists of Arkansas

Who are the cyclists of Arkansas? They are our neighbors, our friends, and our family. They are out teachers, and our students, our nurses and our doctors. They are our community, people we see every day, and these are their stories.

BACA is happy to announce the launch of Cyclists of Arkansas. We will share stories and photos of people on bikes from all walks of life and who ride for all sorts of reasons. Whether you are an avid cyclists or occasionally see someone ride by on a bike, keep in mind that we are just like you, we just happened to be on a bike.

Contact us or message the Facebook page to share your stories or add stories of others you know or who you meet. A few sentences about who you are, why you ride and a photo of yourself is all we need. For your photo, leave off all the gear and riding kits and show us yourself as if we were to meet you walking down the street.

Please enjoy Cyclists of Arkansas

Ride to Save the Big White River Bridge

The Big White River Bridge in Clarendon is a beautiful historic bridge over the White River Wildlife Refuge that the

White River Bridge
The Historic Big White River Bridge

community is trying to save. We’d like to get a good group of riders to show up and help publicize and save the bridge. Arkansas Bicycle Club will ride from Scott (south of Little Rock) to Clarendon, AR–about 60 miles–starting Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. A support vehicle will be on hand for bags and extra water and a police escort will join us over the bridge. Friday and Saturday nights we will have indoor camping with air conditioning and showers in Clarendon. Saturday morning we’ll ride over the bridge and back, then probably continue to the Louisiana Purchase State Historic Site for around 45 miles of riding. We will ride back to Scott on Sunday, August 9.

Those interested in just riding over the bridge on Saturday, August 8, may come just for the day ride starting at 8:30 a.m.

If you Register for free at https://arkansasbicycleclub.wildapricot.org/page-18090you will be on the email list for any updates.

For more information about the ride, contact Jim Britt, jobritt@sbcglobal.net501-912-1449

We hope to see you out there!

To learn more about efforts to save the bridge, check out the Facebook page.
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