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New Multi-Use Trail Group Forms in Central Arkansas

Trail advocates from around Arkansas met on November 15 in Bentonville to advance mountain biking in the state.

Representatives from the newly-formed Central Arkansas Trail Alliance (CATA) and the Arkansas Governor’s Office attended the meeting hosted by IMBA. A dozen trail stakeholders from northwest Arkansas participated in the meeting led by Steve Schneider, IMBA’s South Central Regional Director.

The meeting began with information presented by Schneider on how to set up a new club. Members from established area bike groups were on hand to answer questions about their experiences. CATA plans to build and maintain multi-use trails that will be open to mountain bikers. John Moran, a transportation policy advisor for Gov. Mike Beebe, attended the meeting and discussed plans to make state lands available for mountain bike trails.

Schneider led the group on rides at Blowing Springs, Bella Vista and Slaughter Pen in Bentonville during his two-day visit. He later followed up with CATA during a foundational meeting in Little Rock the following week.

- Misty Murphy, Regional Trails Coordinator, Northwest Arkansas Council

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