Input needed for Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

Fayetteville Trails Coordinator Matt Mihalevich leads residents through areas of thick brush just south of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard during a tour of the planned Frisco Trail southern extension last May. The section of trail is part of the 36-mile Razorback Greenway.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

Officials with the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission are asking for the public’s help in drafting a Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

With the success of the growing trail system in Fayetteville, and the upcoming completion of the 36-mile Razorback Greenway, the commission is hoping to set a clear path for Northwest Arkansas to link its communities and regional destinations with “a world-class transportation network.”

Goals for the plan include: connecting communities; connecting points of interest and regional destinations; connecting people to the natural environment; preserving existing trails; encouraging youth to walk and bike; providing access across all socioeconomic communities, highlighting the economic value of the bicycle and pedestrian system; providing appropriate design tools for each community.

A series of public input events are scheduled in 10 cities across the region over the next two months, beginning this week in Fayetteville.

Members of the project team will have a boot set up at First Thursday Fayetteville from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 on the downtown square.

For more information on the project, visit

Schedule of community input events

Oct. 3 – Fayetteville – First Thursday, 5-8 p.m.
Oct. 8 – Johnson – Council Meeting, 6 p.m.
Oct. 10 – Pea Ridge – Farmer’s Market, 2-6 p.m.
Oct. 12 – Rogers – Farmer’s Market, 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Oct. 13 – Gentry – Fall Festival, 12-5 p.m.
Oct. 15 – Bentonville – City Expo, 5-7 p.m.
Oct. 21 – Elm Springs – Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 – Lowell – Mudfest, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 31 – Siloam Springs – Halloween, 3:30-6 p.m.
Nov. 19 – Bethel Heights – Council Meeting, 7 p.m.

Razorback Greenway video