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19th National Trails Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 15-18, 2008

BIKE RIDE ALONG THE ARKANSAS RIVER TRAIL AND THE BIG DAM BRIDGE

Enjoy a 20-mile bicycle tour while learning about important bike/ped facilities.

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Riding over the Big Dam Bridge bike and pedestrian route


Date: Monday, November 17
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Cost:

  • $15 (no bike) (includes box lunch)
  • $35 (bike provided) (includes box lunch)

Take a relaxing road bike trip 20 miles along the shore of the Arkansas River with add-on routes of up to 7 miles. The bike ride will be on mostly flat terrain with the option to add some hills.

The trip will review how to develop a shared sense of community purpose, united around quality of life issues represented by trails and the value of thinking BIG as you cross the Big Dam Bridge— the longest specifically built bicycle-pedestrian bridge in the world. The trip will end with a streetcar ride across the Arkansas River to the start point.

Among the stops along the way are:

  • Clinton Presidential Center Bridge – an abandoned railroad bridge soon to be converted to a bicycle/pedestrian bridge.
  • Fort Roots – this optional 2.2-mile side trip includes a climb up a long, steep hill to see spectacular hilltop views, historic houses and buildings.
  • Burns Park – this relatively flat optional 4-mile side trip includes a ride over a covered bridge.
  • The owner of North Shore Business Park, a leading bicycle and trail advocate who donated over two miles of trail land, will explain how the Park’s location on the River Trail has contributed to its success.
  • The Big Dam Bridge – presentations about the bridge’s development and construction and the public-private partnership for promotion of bridge events and activities.

Leader: Ken Gould, Co-Founder & Board Member, Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas (BACA)

Workshop Leader Bio:
This workshop will be led by Ken Gould who is the co-founder and a board member of Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas (BACA). Ken also chairs the City of Little Rock Bicycle Friendly Committee; co-chairs with his wife, Judy Lansky, the Big Dam Bridge Foundation; and is also a member of the board of directors of the Mississippi River Trail. He commutes to work most days by bicycle for about 30 miles round-trip, in major part along the Arkansas River Trail.

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