Bicycle Fayetteville

Fayetteville Awarded Bike City Designation by the Union Cycliste Internationale

An image of two circular glass awards proclaiming Fayetteville an official Bike CityOn February 4, 2021, Fayetteville was awarded the designation of Bike City by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body of cycling.

The first city in the United States to be given a Bike City label by UCI, Fayetteville joins cities and regions around the world, such as Copenhagen and Paris, that have previously received the designation due to their commitment of developing cycling at all levels, from elite competition to the use of bikes for leisure and as a means of transportation.

The UCI Bike City label supports cities and regions that not only host major UCI cycling events but also invest in developing cycling through programs and infrastructure. The City of Fayetteville’s bicycle master plan, along with professional events like the Joe Martin Stage Race, FayetteCross and the future 2022 UCI Cyclocross World Championships, helped the city receive its designation.

BFC_Silver_Seal_2016A Bike Friendly Community

In 2016 the city became the first community in Arkansas to be awarded Silver status. Fayetteville was first designated as a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists in 2010.  

With our expansive trail network, on-street cycling infrastructure, and biking initiatives, citizens of Fayetteville will continually find it more convenient to use bicycles both for recreation and transportation.

A family rides bikes toward the camera on Fayetteville trail.Trails

Fayetteville features more than 100 miles of biking and walking trails, including paved, shared-use trails and natural-surface biking and hiking trails. Visit our Trails page for an overview of the longest and most popular biking trails. For a view of all the city’s trails, including neighborhood trails, park loops and connecting trails, visit the Interactive Parks and Trails Map.

Contact Us

  1. Dane Eifling
    Engineering Division
    Mobility Coordinator

    Matt Mihalevich
    Trails Coordinator

    Staff Directory

A white and red Veoride bike parked in front of the Peace Fountain on the U of A campusVeoRide Bike Share

Since 2018 the City and the University of Arkansas have partnered with VeoRide, Inc. to offer bike and e-bike share program to Fayetteville. For a small fee, visitors and residents alike can pick up a VeoRide bicycles almost anywhere in the city, ride it to your destination, and then leave it parked for another rider. Click here to learn more about VeoRide.

Cover image of the Active Transportation PlanGetting Around Town: Fayetteville’s Active Transportation Plan

In 2015, Fayetteville adopted an Active Transportation Plan to create an inclusive, multi-modal transportation system that would feature a trail connection within 1/2 mile of every citizen. The goal is to increase the active commuting mode to 15% in the City by 2020. 

View more options for transportation in Fayetteville here.

The Five "Es" of a Bike-Friendly City

In developing our Active Transportation Plan, Fayetteville is guided by the "Five Es" of the League of American Bicyclists:

  1. Engineering
  2. Education
  3. Encouragement
  4. Evaluation
  5. Enforcement 

The most visible evidence of a great place for bicycling is infrastructure; the physical environment is a key determinant in whether people will get on a bike and ride. The City of Fayetteville has built an extensive network of cycling infrastructure including shared-use paved trails, bike lanes, bike parking racks, and natural surface trails. 

For more information about the development of trails in Fayetteville, please see Trail Construction Program