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Northwest Arkansas pedals into National Bike Month

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Northwest Arkansas is a participating region in the celebration of National Bike Month Challenge, which you can sign up for here. By signing up through the above link and logging your miles, you become eligible to win prizes – including a bike!

The Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks has set a regional goal for 750 riders to cover 200,000 miles. If we make that goal, Northwest Arkansas will break into the top 25 regions participating in National Bike Month.

A series of expert and family-friendly rides will occur throughout the month, including everyone’s favorite Square 2 Square Ride on Saturday, May 14.

The cities of Bentonville and Fayetteville held the first Square 2 Square ride last year, drawing hundreds of cyclists who rode the Razorback Regional Greenway from Bentonville to Fayetteville. This year’s 32-mile ride goes in the opposite direction and ride participants must register on the Bike Bentonville website.

This Spring’s Square 2 Square is coupled with Artosphere’s Trail Mix, a series of fantastic events organized by the Walton Arts Center. Trail Mix will take place on the Greenway on May 14-15. The Trail Mix events on May 14 will include music, art and nature-focused activities. The events will take place all along the Regional Greenway. The complete Trail Mix schedule provides additional details.

One of the day’s highlights will be a birthday party for the Razorback Regional Greenway, which was completed in May of 2015. The event will take place at Lawrence Plaza. 

There are many other activities planned during Northwest Arkansas’ National Bike Month, and it’s possible to join many local residents who participate in the National Bike Challenge. Here are a few of the rides scheduled in May:

  • Saturday Spin. Leisurely rides on April 30, May 7, May 21 and May 28 on the Razorback Regional Greenway, start at 9 am near the Mill Street Market in downtown Springdale. It’s a group ride to Lake Springdale and back.
  • Bike to Baum. The May 1 ride takes off at noon from the Fayetteville Depot and ends at Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks baseball team takes on Texas A&M at 1 pm. A similar Bike to Baum ride is planned for May 15.
  • Bike-itecture ToursPlanned for May 12 in Bentonville and May 12 and May 21 in Fayetteville, riders must register to participate. They’ll learn about architecture in those cities during leisurely rides.
  • Ladies Du Fayetteville. The May 22 women-only race starts at 8 am at Veterans Memorial Park near Lake Fayetteille. Participants must register to participate.
  • Bike to the Barn. Bike Springdale will lead a group ride to the Barn Party in downtown Springdale on May 27, a monthly event that brings together musicians from all over Northwest Arkansas for a community jam session. Cyclists will meet up at Lake Springdale at 6 p.m. and ride to the ground of the Shiloh Museum. The event ends at dusk so bike lights will make the ride back to the lake much easier.

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