By last Saturday, paving appeared to be about 50% complete on the new bike paths along Pinnacle Valley Road from County Farm Road to Maumelle Park. Completion of this project will mean that riders can pedal from downtown Little Rock to Maumelle Park with almost no exposure to motorized traffic. This assumes, of course, that one immediately crosses to North Little Rock in order to avoid the "moronic mile" trail gap in Little Rock.
This will be another sweet addition to the Central Arkansas bike trail system.
The Two Rivers Bridge has opened the gates to bike traffic on the roads out west, there has been some concern over possible conflicts with drivers and with cyclists' safety. Traffic on Hwy 300 can be a problem on weekends, and on weekdays it is heavily used by commuters, many of whom have had to fight their way out Cantrell and Hwy 10. They may not be too patient with a gaggle of cyclists spread out across the road, so give them a break! Let them know that you're aware of them, then do your best to let them safely get by. Smile and wave (with all of your fingers).