Because it occurred, I made a last-minute journey to Bentonville for the launch a brand new mountain bike. Which occurred to coincide with Outerbike and the Huge Sugar gravel race. And since I don’t like having any downtime by any means, I squeezed in an interview with Gary Vernon, who’s mainly the orchestrator of all issues bike advocacy and infrastructure in Bentonville, Arkansas.
For those who haven’t been to Bentonville to trip, all I can say is that this: Whenever you lastly do go, and I do imply WHEN, not IF, your thoughts will completely be blown.
Speaking about bike lanes and infrastructure and entry and trails is one factor. However seeing how they’ve made it an integral a part of their complete group and metropolis planning is actually past phrases. However that doesn’t imply we are able to’t attempt, so when you’re in any respect concerned in your metropolis’s planning, or your native bike advocacy group, otherwise you simply need to hear what’s doable and get impressed to make biking higher in your personal group, this episode will completely open your eyes to what’s doable.
I’ve been to Bentonville about 5 or 6 instances over the previous 8 years, and each time I’m floored by their progress.
As a bike owner, particularly when you’re a mountain biker, it needs to be in your bucket record of locations to go. We’ve written a steller The place to Experience story on the world and one about all the opposite enjoyable stuff to do there. However a very powerful takeaway right here is to see what’s doable when the entire group will get behind a imaginative and prescient.
What can I do to enhance biking in my metropolis?
It would appear to be that is inconceivable wherever else. In any case, they’ve large personal funding (courtesy, Waltons) and an almost clean slate to start out with. However a very powerful factor is that they began. And we are able to all begin someplace.
Listed below are a couple of of the assets and issues talked about on this episode:
Share this (and this publish/podcast) along with your metropolis and county council members. Ship them to your native advocacy group and path builders. Share them along with your fellow cyclists. The extra individuals who see what’s doable and wish it, the extra we are able to begin getting bikes close to the highest of the planning priorities in all places.
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