Bentonville, Arkansas is the latest community in the midwest to set a goal of becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community, according to reports form Northwest Arkansas:
Tim Robinson, co-owner of Phat Tire Bike Shop in Bentonville, has been meeting with a representative from the League of American Cyclists in an effort to make Bentonville a Bicycle Friendly Community.
The Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign is an awards program that recognizes municipalities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle Friendly Community provides safe accommodation for cycling and encourages its residents to bike for transportation and recreation.
The most recent example of how Bentonville is progressing toward supporting cycling is the expansion of the trail system at Slaughter Pen Hollow, which is set to double in size when a 5-mile addition opens in July, offering intermediate and advanced riders more challenges.
“It will be more technical, progressive trail with steeper grades,” said Don West, president of Ozark Off Road Cyclists, comparing it with the existing 5.2-mile Slaughter Pen Hollow Mountain Bike Trail on 130 acres.
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