July, 2020  

Fayetteville’s Bicycle Friendliness Attracts National Recognition – Hotels Spur Growth

As a Bicycle Friendly Community, Fayetteville’s businesses continue to explore ways to accommodate guests and employees that bicycle. Leading the advance, Fayetteville’s hotels are helping boost our community’s national recognition.

Through programming offered by the League of American Bicyclists, a nonprofit leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone, Fayetteville now ranks 6th in the country for our number of Bicycle Friendly Businesses (25). The Bicycle Friendly Business award acknowledges an organization’s contributions to increase the bicycle friendliness in their community and hotels now account for 20% of Fayetteville’s recognized Bicycle Friendly Businesses.

Fayetteville ranks behind cities like Fort Collins and Tampa, and ahead of larger metro areas like Portland, Pittsburg, Indianapolis, Nashville, and Seattle. As one of two communities to be recognized in the Top 10 with a population under 100,000, per capita Fayetteville can be considered one of the top Bicycle Friendly Communities in the country.

Trail Accessibility Leads the Way in Fayetteville

With almost 50-miles of in town shared-use paved trails including Mile Zero of the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Greenway, cyclists will find accessing Fayetteville’s extensive paved trail network just a short pedal from most of our hotels. In fact, on average Fayetteville’s two dozen hotels, motels, and inns are within a ½ mile of the trails and some even boast parking lot trail access!

For mountain bikers, Fayetteville’s paved trail network is your pathway to world-class trail experiences including Kessler Mountain Regional Park and the soon to be completed Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain – home to the 2022 UCI Cyclocross World Championships.

After the ride, cyclists can discover local culinary options from food trucks to fine dining plus a vibrant craft brew scene. Recognizing bike security is important, ALL of Fayetteville’s hotels, motels, and inns allow bicycles in the rooms – meaning your off-bike activities can be experienced with less worry.

Multiday Cycling Experiences Just a Day Trip Away

Getting to Fayetteville to explore new trail experiences is easily done by car from several major metropolitan areas. A crossroads to the south-central region of the United States, Fayetteville is just a day's drive (under 8 hours) from Tulsa, Little Rock, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Memphis, Dallas/Fort Worth, St. Louis, and Nashville.

Need to ship your bike ahead of time? No worries. Most Fayetteville hotels, motels and inns accept early deliveries for guests – including bicycles.

With a variety of accessible riding options including family-friendly Greenway, Ozark Mountain gravel grinding grinding, scenic road riding riding, and world-class mountain biking – Fayetteville is the perfect hub for your next multiday adventure by bicycle.

Continuous investment in both our paved trail network and mountain bike trail systems means you will likely find something new with each visit. Together with the growing number of Bicycle Friendly Businesses, cyclists can expect a welcoming and accommodating community waiting for them in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

While recent growth in national recognition was led by Fayetteville’s hospitality industry, a variety of Fayetteville businesses and employers recognize the value of being bicycle-friendly. Click here for an interactive map detailing all the companies and organizations making a difference in Fayetteville, the Northwest Arkansas Region, and Arkansas.

When in town, tag @fayettevillear and use #bikefayetteville so we can share in your cycling adventures around Fayetteville!

Cycling Coordinator

Cycling Coordinator