U.S. Bike Routes and Hub Communities
The United States Bike Route (USBR) is a national network of state highways, city streets, county roads and bike paths. Its purpose is to facilitate bike travel across the country. To date, there are over 13,000 miles that have been designated USBR by AASHTO and Adventure Cycling. https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/us-bicycle-route-system/maps-and-route-resources.
ARDOT, in preparation to apply for the establishment of two USBRs through the state, has formed a committee to identify a draft corridor for USBR 81 from Memphis to Little Rock to Fort Smith and continue along USBR 51 from Fort Smith to the Missouri Border.
The committee will also identify Hub Communities along the USBR for the purpose of promoting local business development to serve the bicycle tourism market. These local businesses will provide food, lodging, supplies and information.
The Governor’s Advisory Council on Cycling
This Council was established to further the Governor’s proclamation to promote Arkansas as the Cycling Hub of the South. Other goals of the Council are:
- Further ongoing discussions with Dillard’s to close the Arkansas River Trail loop.
- Promote the creation of the Southwest Trail stretching from Little Rock (Arkansas River Trail) to Hot Springs (downtown).
- Continue to support opening of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail to mountain bikes from Highway 300 to Highway 9.
- Working with Division of Building Authority to create bicycle friendly state buildings, maybe covered parking for bikes.
- Establish a statewide advocacy group
- Develop a state bicycling website
- Work on a proposal to increase minority participation among Marshallese and Hispanic.
Safely Share the Road Campaign
As the number of road users who choose to walk and bike increases, so does the number of serious injuries and fatalities to those users. The ARDOT Strategic Highway Safety Plan identifies the following education strategies in its Emphasis Area Action Plan to reduce these increasing numbers among Bicyclists and Pedestrians. Based on this Action Plan ARDOT will develop a media campaign producing the following;
- Public services messages that target school children on bicycle and pedestrian safety.
- Public services messages that are aimed at increasing the awareness of the dangers of bicycle and pedestrian traffic on high volume roadways
- Utilize social media to educate the public on bicycle/pedestrian laws and safety
Resources and Links
Bicycle and Pedestrian Program (FHWA)
Bicycle Pedestrian Traffic Safety (NHTSA)
Welcome to FHWA Safety Program
Design Guidance – Accommodating Bicycle & Pedestrian Travel:
A Recommended Approach (FHWA)
Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access (FHWA)
Health and Environmental Benefits of Walking and Bicycling (FHWA)
Kids and Bicycle Safety (NHTSA)
National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety (NHTSA)
Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety (FHWA)
Pedestrian Forum Newsletter (FHWA)
Title 23 U.S.C. §217: Bicycle Transportation & Pedestrian Walkways (FHWA)
Regional and National Organizations
Adventure Cycling Association
Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
Bicycle Friendly America
Bicycle Page Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
Joint Technical Committee on Nonmotorized Transportation (AASHTO)
League of American Bicyclists
Mississippi River Trail
National Center for Bicycling & Walking
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
Rails to Trails Conservancy
Alliance for Biking and Walking
Bicycle Friendly Communities Program
League of American Bicyclists Ranking
Bicycle Suitability Map (Front) (Back)
Bike and Pedestrian Transportation Plan
Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) Action Plan
Bike and Pedestrian Policy
Arkansas Traffic Rules for Cyclists
FHWA Bicycle & Pedestrian Policy Statement
Arkansas Bicycle Guide
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