Highway 71 Classic Bike Tour Sunday, March 13, 2016
What is it?
The Highway 71 Classic is the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks (and our local initiatives- Bike Fayetteville, Bike Springdale, and Bike Rogers) annual membership bike tour that traverses the beautiful Ozarks on Hwy 71 Business between Fayetteville and Mountainburg. This ride caps off our annual spring membership drive and is a great way to kick off the beautiful spring cycling season. This is our biggest annual fundraiser and to participate you just have to renew your past membership or join as a new member by the start of the ride. We will be giving away prizes at random for new and renewing members that join during our membership drive between February 12th and March 12th.
Why members only?
The fact is we need to engage cyclists across the region and increase community participation to show more support for cycling in Northwest Arkansas. The number of members in the BCO and our local initiatives- Bike Fayetteville, Bike Springdale, and Bike Rogers means something. When we advocate for cycling, whether it is working with local cities, counties, or the highway department, we need to show that the community is supportive of our efforts. Money raised from memberships directly supports advocacy efforts, encouragement of cycling, promotion of NWA as a cycling destination, education of motorists and cyclists on rules of the road, and education of children and adults on bike safety and riding skills. Our time spent working with schools to facilitate and expand bike education programs is critical to creating a more bike-friendly culture in the region.
How to join us for the ride?
YOU HAVE 4 OPTIONS: The ride is open to members of Bike Fayetteville, Bike Springdale, Bike Rogers, OR the BCO Regional Initiative. Just sign up by clicking on one of the logo links below. We are kicking off these community initiatives in 2016 and by joining you help to grow your local community's bike advocacy efforts. If you don't live in one of the three communities we are launching this year, then join our BCO Regional Initiative to support our efforts. Use our secure membership system to join by clicking on one of the four logos below. Memberships are $15 student, $30 individual, $60 family. Businesses can join too and help grow our local initiatives! We highly suggest joining now to avoid long lines the morning of the bike tour.
Save some time and download the liability waiver now or come stand in line the morning of the bike tour between 8am and 9am. It really is nice to bring the waiver pre-signed so you can enjoy getting ready for the bike tour.
When and where does the bike tour start and finish?
The bike tour is on SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016 and leaves from WALKER PARK in Fayetteville at the corner of S. Block Ave. and E. 13th St at 9AM SHARP. Parking and rider registration will be at Walker Park (Link to Map).
What are my route choices?
Riders have two options for the bike tour:
Turn around at Brentwood for a 32-mile trip (Link to Map), or
Tackle Mt. Gaylor on your way to and from Mountainburg for a total of 71 miles (Link to Map).
Both routes are out-and-back beginning and ending at Walker Park in south Fayetteville. All cyclists will be given a police escort for the first 1 ½ miles (until the traffic light at the Fulbright Expressway). From there riders travel south along Hwy. 71 Business towards West Fork. The route is 4-lane through West Fork, and at about the 10-mile mark turns to two lane with a level 8’-0” paved shoulder. Cyclists will encounter two staffed rest areas along Highway 71—one at the Brentwood rest area (16 mi) and one at the Mountainburg Assembly of God church (35.5 mi). Sag support will be provided for both routes, with the last sag leaving Mountainburg at 2pm.
Questions/ Weather issues?
The BCO is undergoing a strategic planning process, so we ask prior individual and business members of the BCO to support the new local community initiatives where they reside as we create a plan for the regional organization.
If you live, work, or own a business in Fayetteville, or would just like to support bicycle and pedestrian efforts in Fayetteville- then please join today! If you live in Springdale or Rogers and want to help those initiatives get off the ground then you can join Bike Springdale here and Bike Rogers here. If you don't live in Fayetteville, Rogers, or Springdale then you can support the BCO's regional efforts here.
Become a Bike Fayetteville Individual or Business Member
Annual Business Membership Levels and Benefits
Annual Individual Membership Levels (Membership Perks coming in mid-2016)
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