Little Rock Friendly Driver Certification Program

People move on Little Rock streets by car, bus, bike, and foot (Fig. 1).  Some may favor one way over another for lots of reasons, but most residents walk and drive regularly (even if only to get to and from the car).

We have some safety challenges, especially with vehicles hitting people biking and walking. The Little Rock metro area was rated one of the most dangerous places to walk in the United States by the latest Dangerous by Design reports (20162019, and 2021).

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 at cyclists is important, but drivers are at fault in about half of all car vs. bike collisions (pg. 1).  The Friendly Driver Program is one of the first of its kind in the country to help teach drivers to more safely drive around cyclists and pedestrians. 

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

If you drive a motor vehicle in Little Rock, YOU can help make our streets safer!  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

Initial feedback has been very positive.  Anonymous feedback:

"Was the information covered was understandable and useful?" 4.4 out of 5 average

"Was the instructor knowledgeable and helpful?" 4.5 out of 5 average

"Would you recommend the Program to a friend" 92% said “Yes” and 8% said “No”

"How did this course affect your confidence to walk and bike on Little Rock streets?" 58% said "Increased", 40% said "No Effect" and 2% said "Decreased"

Quotes

“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!”

Effective

Scores on the post-test increase 155%! over pretest scores.  The Program is very effective at teaching drivers to more safely drive around bicyclists and pedestrians.  See poster for more details.

Participate as Individual

This program is free and available to all residents or users of Little Rock streets.  Please register (jlandosky@littlerock.govat 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 email John Landosky to cancel the class.  Scheduled 2021 dates are below (2018 dates, 2019 dates, 2020 dates):

Monday August 2nd 2021 11:00am-1:00pm (J)

Thursday October 14th 2021 10:00am-12:00pm (J)

Tuesday December 7th 2021 3:00pm-5:00pm (J)

 

Location

Southwest Community Center, 6401 Baseline Rd., Little Rock, AR 72209

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

N = Nathan Keltch

J = John Landosky

Registration

While classes are free to take, you MUST register to take a class.  Email jlandosky@littlerock.gov with the class date for which you are registering.  This page will be updated with new class times/dates as they become available.

Participate as a Business or Organization

We would love to bring this program to YOU, for FREE.  Organizations and businesses with several participants can also work with the city to schedule a Friendly Driver course at at time, date, and location that works best for you.  Especially for businesses with fleet drivers, this can help keep safety records high and employee absenteeism and insurance rates low.  The city will also promote your business or organization as having participated in the City of Little Rock Friendly Driver Program. 

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.

Program Grant Funded

The Friendly Driver Program was developed through an AARP Community Challenge Grant.  Ongoing costs have been supported by a National Safety Council's Road to Zero grant administered through a collaboration between America Walks and the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center.

Thank you to these agencies for making the Friendly Driver Program possible!

National Safety Council logo

 

America Walks 20 year strong logo

The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center logo