Share the Road: Arkansas farmers and cyclists unite to promote respect on rural roadways
Learns how cyclists and farmers from Arkansas are coming together to foster harmony on rural roads through a shared sense of safety and respect.
In Benton County, Arkansas, an unlikely alliance formed as nearly 300 cyclists and over 50 farmers converged at Evans Farms. It was the inaugural Gravel Cyclists and Farmer Community Night, a unique event that brought together two distinct groups—farmers making their living in the countryside and cyclists seeking recreation in the same rural areas. The common thread? A shared commitment to rural health and safety.
The event served as a platform for these disparate communities to learn from one another, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the rural roads they both cherish. Safety was at the forefront of discussions, highlighting the importance of harmonious coexistence.
A partnership that initially centered around the idea of rural health and safety has blossomed into a meaningful relationship between farmers and cyclists. The gathering at Evans Farms was a testament to this growing bond.
Attendees were treated to an evening of food and fellowship, with local businesses like Simmons Foods and Jackson’s Double J Sliders providing delicious fare. The highlight of the evening was a clinic led by Jeremy Jackson, offering insights into the intricacies of the cattle business—a subject particularly relevant to cyclists who often navigate through fields and pastures during their rides.
For Benton County Farm Bureau, the event marked the beginning of an exciting journey. They hope that this newfound alliance will continue to grow and thrive, ultimately becoming a key to preserving the region’s agricultural heritage in the face of urbanization.
One cyclist at the event shared their perspective, emphasizing the joy of riding gravel roads in the beautiful countryside. The challenging terrain and breathtaking views offered a unique blend of physical and visual experiences that are truly one-of-a-kind.