Education and Safety

The City of Little Rock is working to make our transportation network safer and more comfortable for all users ...again (Fig. 1).  The behavior of road users is an important part of accomplishing this.  Explore this page to learn more.


Figure 1.  In the 1950's, Capital Ave. and all of Little Rock, was more multimodal.  Since that time, streets have been designed more for the efficient movement of automobiles.  For several reasons, we are moving back toward a multimodal transportation system.

Formal Education Opportunities

SMART Cycling Class
Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas (BACA) has committed to offering at least two League of American Bicyclist SMART Cycling courses in Central Arkansas per year.  This is a full day class in which riders learn practical bicycle safety and competency both in the classroom and on the road.  If you are interested in participating in this course, please contact Diane Barton at bicycleadvocacyinfo@gmail.com.  

Bike Rodeo
BACA's League Certified Instructors also put on bike rodeos regularly.  A bike rodeo is a pop-up, short bike safety and skills course for children.  If you are interested in participating in this course, please contact Diane Barton at bicycleadvocacyinfo@gmail.com.

League Certified Instructor Course
BACA is attempting to organize a course to train people to become League Certified Instructors.  This intense, three-day course trains participants to be League Certified Instructors (who are then qualified to teach SMART Cycling classes, bike rodeos, and other League of American Bicyclist courses).  If you are interested in participating in this course, please contact Diane Barton at bicycleadvocacyinfo@gmail.com.

Bicycle (and Pedestrian) Friendly Driver Program (coming 2018)
Teaching bicyclists how to safely use city streets is important, but it only solves half of the problem.  The City of Fort Collins has created an innovative program to help drivers better understand how to drive safely in the context of bicycle traffic.  The City of Little Rock is in the process of creating a BikePed Friendly Driver Program, informed by the Fort Collins program, but with applicable laws and examples of Little Rock and including a pedestrian component as well.  We intend to launch the program in 2018.

Topics

When Driving

Biking Preparation

When Biking

When Walking or Running

Educational Resources

Youth Instructor Manual (League of American Bicyclists)

Prevent Pedestrian Crashes: Elementary School and Pre-school (NHTSA)