Little Rock Friendly Driver Certification Program

People move on Little Rock streets by car, bus, bike, and foot (Fig. 1).  Some residents may favor one mode over another for any number of reasons, but most residents are multi-modal.  The City of Little Rock is making an effort to better engineer our streets for people moving in all of these ways, but education is also an important part of keeping all users safe.  Education targeted to people who drive bicycles is important, but only accounts for approximately half of the users at fault in car vs. bike collisions (pg. 1).  Car vs. pedestrian collisions are even more common and more deadly in Little Rock than car vs. bicycle collisions.

Figure 1.  Drivers can help keep pedestrians safe.
Figure 1.  Drivers can help keep pedestrians safe.

If you sometimes drive a motor vehicle in Little Rock, YOU can help make our streets safer for all users!  By taking the Friendly Driver course, you can become a City of Little Rock Certified Friendly Driver.  CLR Certified Friendly Drivers understand how to safely drive around people driving bikes and walking and know how to use new types of infrastructure installed to make bicyclists and pedestrians safer (e.g. bike lanes, pedestrian hybrid beacons).  Even the best drivers will learn something new, I guarantee it!

Reviews

The reviews are starting to come in!  After the class, students are asked to provide anonymous feedback.  Here's what we're hearing:

“I really enjoyed the training from Jace.  He explained everything so well.”

“Thought I knew a lot about Bike/Driver safety—I learned a lot!”

“I would recommend everyone gets a chance to take a course such as this one.”

“ I was able to ask questions to which he gave very useful answers.”

“GREAT CLASS!”

This program is free and available to all residents or users of Little Rock streets.  Please register at Appointy.com (with the button above) at least 24 hours prior to the class meeting time to avoid the possibility of class cancellation without notice.  If you signed up for a class that you are no longer able to attend, please cancel the class on Appointy.com.

Currently Available Classes

Tuesday, October 9th  5:00-7:00 PM (Centre, Jo)

Wednesday, October 10th 2:00–4:00 PM (Centre, Jo/N) & 5:00-7:00 PM (Centre, Staff)

Thursday, October 11th 2:00–4:00 PM (Centre, Jo) & 5:00 PM-7:00 PM (Centre, Staff)

Wednesday October 17th 8:00-10:00 AM (RM, S), 12:00-2:00PM (RM, N), & 3:00-5:00 PM (RM, S)

Thursday, October 18th  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Centre, N) & 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM (Centre, Ja)

Friday, October 19th 8:00-10:00 AM (RM, L), 12:00-2:00 PM (Centre, Ja), 2:30-4:30 PM (Centre, Ja)

Saturday, October 20th 12:00-2:00 PM (RM, Staff)

Monday, October 22nd 8:00-10:00 AM (RM, S), 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (RM, S) & 12:00-2:00 PM (RM, E)

Tuesday, October 23rd  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Centre, E) & 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM (Centre, L)

Wednesday, October 24th  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Centre, Jo) & 2:00-4:00 PM (Centre, Jo), & 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM (Centre, Ja)

Thursday, October 25th 2:00-4:00 PM (RM, N)

Friday, October 26th  12:00-2:00 PM (Centre, E), &  2:30-4:30 PM (Centre, N)

Monday, October 29th 12:00-2:00 PM (RM, E), 5:30-7:30 PM (Centre, N)

Tuesday, October 30th 12:00-2:00 PM (RM, E)

Wednesday, October 31st 8:00-10:00 AM (RM, S) & 12:00-2:00 PM (RM, N)

Thursday, November 1st 5:30-7:30pm (Centre, N)

Friday November 2nd 8:00-10:00 AM (RM, L) & 12:00-2:00 PM (Centre, Ja)

Monday November 5th 8:00-10:00 AM (RM, S), 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (RM, S), & 12:00-2:00 PM (RM, E)

Tuesday November 13th 12:00-2:00pm (RM, Jo)

Wednesday November 21st 3:00-5:00pm (RM, S)

Thursday November 29th 3:00-5:00pm (RM, Jo)

Monday December 3rd 10:00am-12:00pm (RM, S)

Wednesday December 5th 5:30-7:30pm (Centre, L)

Wednesday December 12th 5:30-7:30pm (Centre, L)

Wednesday January 16th 2019 5:30-7:30pm (Centre, L)

Thursday January 24th 2019 5:30-7:30pm (Centre, L)

Thursday February 7th 2019 5:30-7:30pm (Centre, L)

Monday February 11th 2019 5:30-7:30pm (Centre, L)

More class dates and times to come.  Keep checking in!

Location

Centre = Centre at University Park, 6401 W 12th St., Little Rock, AR 72204

RM = Rivermarket, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201, 2nd Floor (above David's Burgers)

Certified Friendly Driver Teachers

All Friendly Driver Teachers are Arkansas licensed drivers, trained in the League of American Bicyclist (LAB) SMART Cycling class, are LAB League Certified Instructors,and have reviewed Arkansas/Little Rock pedestrian laws, infrastructure, and safety incidents.  They are all also instrumental in developing the City of Little Rock Friendly Driver Program.

S = Stacy Tierney

E = Edward Casey

L = Lindsey Clark

Ja = Jace Davis

N = Nathan Keltch

Jo = John Landosky

Registration

While classes are free to take, you MUST register to take a class.  Register using the button below.  If you have any trouble registering, email jlandosky@littlerock.gov with your preferred date and time.  Due to popular demand, we are currently scheduling new classes as well!  This page will be updated with new class times/dates as they become available.

Businesses / Organizations

We would love to bring this program to YOU, for FREE.  Contact John Landosky (jlandosky@littlerock.gov) to arrange a time and date to host a Friendly Driver course at your business or organization.

Want to do more?

Have you taken the course, or are planning on taking the course, and are excited about its impact and want to do more to promote it?  Talk to your friends, family, colleagues and network about the Friendly Driver Program and encourage them to attend.  Share this Facebook promotion or this webpage on social media along with your personal testimonial.  Print, post, and distribute this flyerTogether we can make Little Rock streets safer for everyone.

Funded by AARP Livable Communities Challenge Grant

Thank you AARP Livable Communities Challenge Grant for helping us create this important program and increasing the safety of our transportation system for users of all ages and abilities!