Metroplan announces ‘Regional Greenways’ plan for Central Arkansas

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Metroplan, the Central Arkansas infrastructure planning coalition, recently adopted a plan called “Regional Greenways,” which will further develop the bike trail system in the center of the state.

The Central Arkansas Regional Greenways Plan, adopted by the Metroplan board on May 24th will guide investment towards a world-class, multi-use pathway network spanning Faulkner, Lonoke, Pulaski, and Saline counties. Six new routes, and the existing Arkansas River Trail, make up the planned pathway system.

The greenway network will integrate into local trail systems and transit routes to provide a cohesive active transportation network. Eventually, each corridor will connect into the region’s core.

According to Metroplan, eight guiding principles steered the greenways’ development:

  • Transportation-Focused – A viable transportation option.
  • Physically Separated – Separated from traffic.
  • Inclusive – All ages and abilities can use it.
  • Consistent – Easily recognized systemwide.
  • Safe – Accommodates user visibility and access to emergency service.
  • Context Sensitive – Adjusted to challenges of the landscape.
  • High Quality – Designed to the highest standards.
  • Well-Connected – Population centers and major destinations linked.

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