BikeNWA and the City of Rogers are partnering to bring the Slow Streets NWA program to Rogers September 4 - November 1 every weekend, from 7:00 p.m. on Fridays to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. Slow Streets NWA is a response to the increased use of NWA trails, sidewalks, and parks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to make neighborhood streets safer to walk and bike, creating wider spaces than our current paths and trails, allowing for safer social distancing. The program includes signage that reminds all road users to slow down, share the road, be safe, and remind the citizens that the streets are not closed to vehicular traffic.
“The City of Rogers has seen trail usage increase by 68% from 2019. We are excited to provide additional space for people to walk, run, bike, and enjoy the outdoors,” said Kara King, Trails Coordinator with Rogers Parks & Recreation. “By slowing traffic, Slow Streets allows us to use existing streets to provide a safe route to downtown and the Railyard Loop Trail. The route provides access to areas of town that do not currently have trail infrastructure. A future trail along Oak Street will provide an essential East-to-West connection through town. We hope Slow Streets will excite citizens for this future connection while also invigorating appreciation for existing public spaces.”
On these streets, residents can make trips to local businesses, explore the community, and access Downtown Rogers, the farmers market, and soon to be completed, Railyard Bike Park. The route purposefully crosses 8th Street/71 Business using the lights at Oak Street to provide better access for residents to cross into downtown and exemplify shared-use opportunities safely.
“There are many people already out using streets, such as Oak Street, the way the Slow Streets program intends; we are just providing a safer environment. We’re excited to see this in Rogers and offer the community additional space for outdoor activities and a connection downtown, especially as the temperatures start to drop, folks want to spend more time outside,” said Lauren Hildreth, Event Manager with BikeNWA.
If community members want to show their support for Slow Streets, there are many ways for residents and businesses to get involved. For more information, reach out to Lauren Hildreth at email@example.com.
The Slow Streets NWA program starts in September coincides with Cycle September and the NWA Bike Challenge, further encouraging the community to get out and explore by bike. Residents should register on the Love to Ride website and start riding! For more information about Cycle September, visit www.bikenwa.org/nwabikechallenge.
Residents can find more information at linktr.ee/SlowStreetsNWA or contact BikeNWA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Community feedback is encouraged and will be collected through a survey, released Friday, September 4, at https://linktr.ee/SlowStreetsNWA and on the City of Rogers’ website and via social media outlets.