Bicycle Fayetteville

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Bicycle Friendly Community Gold-level community seal, 2022-2026 cycle

A Bike Friendly Community

The Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists is awarded to communities based on assessments across five key categories Equity, Engineering, Education, Encouragement and Evaluation and Planning.   

Fayetteville is one of eight communities in Arkansas to be awarded and the only city in the state to achieve a gold designation.

Getting Around Town: Fayetteville’s Active Transportation Plan

Fayetteville's newly updated  Active Transportation Plan establishes our vision to create an inclusive, multi-modal transportation system that would feature a trail connection within a 10-minute walk or 2-minute bike ride of every residence. 

View more options for transportation in Fayetteville.

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Fayetteville features more than 100 miles of biking and walking trails, including paved, shared-use trails and natural-surface biking and hiking trails. Visit our Trails page for an overview of the longest and most popular biking trails. For a view of all the city’s trails, including neighborhood trails, park loops and connecting trails, visit the Interactive Parks and Trails Map.

Fayetteville Awarded Bike City Designation by the Union Cycliste Internationale

An image of two circular glass awards proclaiming Fayetteville an official Bike City

On February 4, 2021, Fayetteville was awarded the designation of Bike City by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body of cycling.

The first city in the United States to be given a Bike City label by UCI, Fayetteville joins cities and regions around the world, such as Copenhagen and Paris, that have previously received the designation due to their commitment of developing cycling at all levels, from elite competition to the use of bikes for leisure and as a means of transportation.

The UCI Bike City label supports cities and regions that not only host major UCI cycling events but also invest in developing cycling through programs and infrastructure. The City of Fayetteville’s bicycle master plan, along with professional events like the Joe Martin Stage Race, FayetteCross and the future 2022 UCI Cyclocross World Championships, helped the city receive its designation.

The "Five E's"

As a Bicycle Friendly Community, Fayetteville bases it's programs and efforts around the "Five E's" established by the League of American Bicyclists. Click below to learn more about these key bike-friendly building blocks.

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