Steps to Silver

In May 2016, the League of American Bicyclists designated Little Rock a Bike Friendly Community at the Bronze (entry) level.  They also included a report card to indicate the most effective next steps for Little Rock to become more bike friendly.  The League has guided hundreds of communities through this process.  These recommendations, tailored to our current strengths and challenges, can help identify and prioritize our next steps to improving our city for bicyclists.  Click on report card for an expanded view.

Below are some of their recommendations and how we might address them in Little Rock.  What do you think about these recommendations and key steps?  Do you have other ideas?  What can you do to help us address these recommendations?  Please email jlandosky@littlerock.gov or come to a Bike Friendly Community Committee meeting and let your voice be heard.

Critical Needs

Infrastructure

Key Steps:

  • Institutionalize the language of the Complete Streets Ordinance
  • Amend the Master Street Plan to be congruent with the Complete Streets Ordinance
  • Improve the Master Bike Plan to provide more and better connectivity and be more actionable when roads are resurfaced

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Ridership

Key Steps:

  • Support Recycle Bikes for Kids to ensure that everyone has access to a bike for recreation and transportation
  • Expand the bicycle transportation network to increase the perception and reality of safety
    • Close the loop to provide a safe east-west corridor from which other connectivity can be established
  • Establish a bikeshare system downtown and beyond to provide connectivity to those who did not commute to downtown by bicycle
  • Community Outreach: Better understand barriers to ridership so that they can be addressed
    • Work with Recycle Bikes for Kids
    • Establish relationships with neighborhood associations
    • Expand feedback platforms
      • wikimap

Safety

Key Steps:

  • Create an improved and more complete bicycle transportation network
    • Connect pieces of bike infrastructure to create complete routes
    • Create better bike infrastructure (buffered and protected bike lanes)
  • Educate drivers to better coexist with people riding bicycles
  • Offer more bicycle safety education opportunites

Key Steps

Bikeshare

Key Steps:

  • Phase 1: Establish a viable bikeshare program in downtown Little Rock
  • Phase 2: Expand the program to include connectivity to North Little Rock
  • Phase 3: Expand the program to include connectivity within and between Little Rock neighborhoods close to downtown

Bike Parking

Key Steps:

  • Establish a City of Little Rock standard style and color bike rack
  • Install bike racks in same focal area as bikeshare program to facilitate its success
  • Expand the focal area of bike rack installation as bikeshare focal area expands

Funding

Key Steps:

  • Support the multimodal mandate of the Complete Streets Ordinance by dedicating more funding to bicycle infrastructure.

Planning and Evaluation

Key Steps:

  • Amend the Master Street Plan to be congruent with the Complete Streets Ordinance
  • Improve the Master Bike Plan to provide more and better connectivity and be more actionable when roads are resurfaced
  • Create a Master Trails Plan establishing a network of off-road connectivity users may feel safer using and indicating funding sources for its completion
  • Establish more and improved metrics to evaluate the success of our inititives

Education

Key Steps:

  • Get bicycle education into the Little Rock Public Schools
  • Reengage our population of League Certified (Bicycle) Instructors (LCIs)
  • Train more people in Little Rock to be LCIs

Business Outreach

Key Steps:

  • Use the League of American Bicyclist's Bike Friendly Business and Bike Friendly University Program to
    • Educate businesses and universities to the benefits of employee and student biking
    • Reward participating businesses and universities with recognition
  • Perhaps establish partnerships with bikeshare to
    • Increase business investment in a bicycle culture in Little Rock
    • Create more opportunities for employees to bike commute to work or at work

Network to Recreation

Key Steps:

  • In the Master Bike Plan, prioritize connections from residential neighborhoods to the Arkansas River Trail (ART)
    • To eliminate an automobile modality from bicycle recreation
    • To better use the ART as a transportation corridor
  • In the Master Bike Plan, prioritize (to a lesser extent) connections from residential neighborhoods to paved and unpaved off-road bicycle trails that do not necessarily have a connectivity/transportation function

Staff

Key Steps:

  • Increase the focus of City staff on bike friendly activities by
    • hiring additional staff members
    • prioritizing bike-related tasks for current staff members