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Annual Business Meeting April 19th

Please make plans to attend our annual business meeting and board elections on Tuesday, April 19th at 6pm. We'll be meeting at The Spot (above Piero's) at 320 S Main St. in Jonesboro. We invite anyone who is interested in becoming an active part of this organization to join us.

Jonesboro MPO Approves 2035 Plan

On Feb. 15th, the Jonesboro Area Metropolitan Planning Organization voted unanimously to approve the 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. This plan includes important bicycle and pedestrian projects for the Jonesboro area including the greenway, sidewalks, and other on-street cycling facilities.
The plan had received recent opposition from a local group contending that Federal funds should not be accepted for bicycle and pedestrian projects fearing that accepting these funds creates mandates to create a “car free” society.
Many thanks to everyone who took time to attend meetings, submit surveys, make phone calls, send emails, and write letters showing your support for equitable transportation planning and funding.

Click here to view the plan in its entirety on the MPO's website.

Action Alert: Dec. 14th MPO Meeting

UPDATED WITH NEW MEETING LOCATION - 900 W. Monroe Ave. (Huntington Building/Council Chambers)
On Tuesday, Dec. 14th at 10:30 am, there will be a meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Planning Organization.  The meeting will be held in the MPO conference room at the Council Chambers at 900 W. Monroe Ave. in Jonesboro.  The agenda for the meeting includes consideration of the Draft 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. You can download the full plan from the MPO's website. You'll find that the MPO has recognized the need for complete streets that provide transportation options for all residents.

Recently, the MPO's plan has come under fire, so it's time to make your voices heard.  Your presence is requested on the 14th to show your support for bike and pedestrian projects that contribute to healthy lifestyles, economic development, and an all around more livable community. If you are not able to attend, please consider sending the MPO staff a letter or email of support for the plan.
Other ways you can help:
-Join NEABC: Add to our collective voice and support our work to create a more bicycle-friendly NEA.
-Complete the Bike/Pedestrian Survey on the MPO's website (linked above)
Some points to consider when gathering your thoughts about transportation planning:

*Definition of complete streets: Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities must be able to safely move along and across a complete street. - from
* Complete streets provide a healthy way to travel, which is an important component in fighting the obesity epidemic and the health issues related to obesity. (Arkansas is in the top ten most obese states in the US according to the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.)
*Incomplete streets hinder economic growth.  Complete streets provide safe, cost-effective ways to get to work and to retail areas.  They increase property values and provide an attractive environment for new development.
The bottom line is that infrastructure planning needs to be equitable to everyone who lives here - from children to the elderly, from the able bodied to those whose bodies create challenges for them.  Creating complete streets is good for our health (mental and physical), our economy, and our environment, and they create a more livable community.  There's a ton of reasons why this is important, and I'm sure you have your own reasons as well.  Hopefully, these will get you started.

NEA's first Bicycle Friendly Business

Congratulations to Gearhead Outfitters in Jonesboro, AR on becoming Northeast Arkansas' first Bicycle Friendly Business!! Gearhead was awarded a Silver Level distinction by the League of American Bicyclists for their commitment to bicycling in the community. 
“BFBs are innovative businesses that demonstrate their commitment to encouraging healthy lifestyles, 
creating more affordable transportation, and leading the way in sustainable business practices and 
environmental stewardship,” said Andy Clarke, League President. 
Way to go Gearhead!  We are so proud of all you guys and gals do!!

Board Meeting Called

On October 17th, there will be an NEABC board meeting to discuss strategic planning and future programming at 2PM at the new Jonesboro Parks and Recreation offices on 3009 Dan Avenue, Jonesboro, AR.