Bike Networks United by Jonesboro
Uniting Little Rock’s North and South Cycling Networks
In September 2021, the Town of Little Rock received $ 750,000 from the Metroplan Surface Transportation Program to First phase of the Jonesboro Children’s Trail (Trail). This page deals with the first phase as a stand-alone project.
This is a map of the Jonesboro Project placed in the context of the Metroplan Regional Bike Plan, the proposed east-west route of the Metroplan Central Arkansas Regional Greenways Plan, and the existing and proposed cycling facilities of the City of Little Rock. See also Tri-Creek Greenway, UALR Trail Connector, and 12th Street Bike Trails.
The Metroplan STP grant application asks what connectivity this project creates with existing and funded facilities. In short, this project will be the kingpin between Metroplan’s Regional Bike Plan, the proposed east-west route of Metoplan’s Regional Greenways Plan, our new cycling network south of I-630 and our developed cycling network north of I-630 (Fig. 1).
The regional greenway plan will likely have an intersection at the Mississippi / Rodney Parham / I-630 exit intersection (Fig. 1). The Jonesboro corridor is redundant with this crossing. However, the Mississippi / Rodney Parham crossing will require a> $ 5 million bridge,> $ 7 million university bridge, and other unresolved right-of-way issues in the Midtown district. This part of the Regional Cycling Plan will not happen quickly. Jonesboro, together with the infrastructure of the proposed and funded regional cycling plan, is expected to serve as a short-term alternative to the regional greenways plan.
Figure 1. This is a map of the Jonesboro Project placed in the context of the Metroplan Regional Bike Plan, the proposed east-west route of the Metroplan Central Arkansas Regional Greenways Plan, and the existing and proposed cycling facilities of the City of Little Rock. See also Tri-Creek Greenway, UALR Trail Connector,.
The Jonesboro project would connect the 9.8 mile South / East cycling network (including the Tri-Creek Greenway) to the 31.7 mile north cycling network (including the Arkansas River Trail Loop). The North and South / East cycling networks are all existing or funded and ongoing, but they are not connected to each other. The Jonesboro Project is said to be the linchpin that creates Little Rock’s first functional bike network crossing the I-630.
North: Zoo Drive bike paths (existing from Monroe to Fair Park) 0.3 miles
North: Fair Park Bikeways (existing, I-630 in Markham) 0.5 miles
North: Van Buren cycle paths (existing, from Markham to Kavanaugh) 0.5 mile
North: Kavanaugh Bike Trails / Sharrows (Existing / Under Improvement, Markham to University) 3.3 miles
North: University Ave. sharrows (existing, from Kavanaugh to Palisades) 0.7 miles
North: Allsopp Trail (existing from Kavanaugh to Cedar Hill) 0.7 miles
North: Cedar Hill Bikeways (mandatory) 0.5 miles
North: Arkansas River Trail Loop (ART) (existing) 15.6 miles
North: Arkansas River Trail Big Dam Bridge to Two Rivers Bridge 1.5 miles
North: Arkansas River Trail Two Rivers Bridge to Two Rivers Park 1.7 miles
North: Country Farm Road. 2.8 mile bike paths
North: Pinnacle Valley bike paths (CLR): 1.0 mile
North: Pinnacle Valley Bikeways (Pulaski): 2.2 miles
North: Village at Ison Creek Shararrows: 0.4 mile
If a cyclist is ready to brave the foggy lanes on Taylor Loop (NS), the Taylor Loop Connection continues with the Taylor Loop (EW) Bike Trails, LaMarche Bike Trails, and Chenal Valley Bike Trails.
East: 12th Street Biking Trails (Jonesboro to Battery) 2.0 miles
South: Jackson / 14th / Grant sharrows (funded) 1.0 mile
South: UALR trail (existing) 1.1 miles
South: 19th St./ Boyle Park Sharrows (funded) 0.8 thousand
South: Tri-Creek Greenway (funded portion only) 5.0 miles