Fayetteville Awarded Bike City Designation by the Union Cycliste Internationale
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.
A Bike Friendly Community
In 2016 the city became the first community in Arkansas to be awarded Silver status. Fayetteville was first designated as a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists in 2010.
With our expansive trail network, on-street cycling infrastructure, and biking initiatives, citizens of Fayetteville will continually find it more convenient to use bicycles both for recreation and transportation.
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.
VeoRide Bike Share
Recently the City and the University of Arkansas have partnered with VeoRide, Inc. to bring the region’s first bike-share program to Fayetteville. For a small fee, visitors and residents alike can pick up a VeoRide bicycles almost anywhere in the city, ride it to your destination, and then leave it parked for another rider. Click here to learn more about VeoRide.
Getting Around Town: Fayetteville’s Active Transportation Plan
In 2015, Fayetteville adopted an Active Transportation Plan to create an inclusive, multi-modal transportation system that would feature a trail connection within 1/2 mile of every citizen. The goal is to increase the active commuting mode to 15% in the City by 2020.
The Five "Es" of a Bike-Friendly City
In developing our Active Transportation Plan, Fayetteville is guided by the "Five Es" of the League of American Bicyclists:
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 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 Dane Eifling, City of Fayetteville Bicycle Programs Coordinator: 479.575.8211. Email
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.
The City purchased a trail counter in 2018 and began tracking pedestrian and bicyclist use in the summer of 2018. Counts are taken along the Scull Creek Trail section of the Razorback Greenway near North Street. Trail count reports link.
Check out the 2019 trail count infographic below. You can download your own 8.5" x 14" poster version (PDF) here.
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.