Bicycling in Fayetteville
The City of Fayetteville takes great pride in being a part of a Bicycle Friendly Community. Fayetteville was first designated by the League of American Bicyclists as a bronze Bicycle Friendly Community in 2010. In 2016 Fayetteville became the first community in Arkansas to be designated silver.
The League of American Bicyclists evaluates communities in five essential areas known as "the five E's"; engineering, education, encouragement, evaluation & planning, and enforcement. The City incorporates principles from the five E's in striving to create the best possible community environment for cycling.
The most visible evidence of a great place for bicycling is infrastructure; the physical environment is a key determinant in whether people will get on a bike and ride. The City of Fayetteville has built an extensive network of cycling infrastructure including shared-use paved trails, bike lanes, bike parking racks, and natural surface trails.
For more information about the development of trails in Fayetteville, please see Trail Construction Program.
The City of Fayetteville recognizes the importance of educating cyclist and non-cyclists in order to promote safer cycling in our community. Fayetteville Public Schools plan for Safe Routes to School and include bicycle education at elementary, middle school and high school levels. Riders of all ages are encouraged to attend a safety course taught by local League of American Bicyclist Certified Instructor.
There are many ways to encourage people to ride bikes. Providing bike route maps, way-finding signage, special events and incentive programs are all great ways to encourage riders.
The local business community can encourage more bicycling by becoming a Bicycle Friendly Business. To learn more about becoming a Bicycle Friendly Business or for help applying, please contact the City of Fayetteville Bicycle Programs Coordinator.
Evaluating data and information, including crash locations, theft statistics and levels of ridership help guide the City's planning process. The City of Fayetteville uses US Census data as well as a variety of other sources to track ridership. This data is used to make decisions regarding long range planning for future programs and infrastructure.
Bicycles are considered vehicles, as such cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists while on the road. It is important to understand the rules of the road and to follow City of Fayetteville Codes regarding bicycling. When using a shared-use trial it is essential that people riding bikes obey the trail rules. The city of Fayetteville strives to protect the safety legal rights of all road users. Signs with the words "share the road" and emphasizing the 3-feet law have been installed along the City's many on-street bike routes.