What is Build School

A 4 day, on site, immersive experience designed to accelerate your individual learning about how to successfully execute and implement bicycle infrastructure and culture.


Ride our trails and paths, interact with local leaders, and learn from local stakeholders how Northwest Arkansas (NWA) became known as a cycling destination.


Monday September 9th, 2019 - Thursday September 12th, 2019


Bentonville, AR will be our base of operations although we will be exploring multiple cities across the Northwest Arkansas region.

Who should participate:

Community developers/Real Estate developers/Parks and Recreation staff/Bicycle Advocates/School administrators/Landscape architects/Civil engineers/Trail coordinators/Anyone else interested in increasing their understanding of how to execute and implement bike infrastructure and related culture.

Razorback Regional Greenway- Fayetteville, AR / Photo Courtesy : Novo Studio

Razorback Regional Greenway- Fayetteville, AR / Photo Courtesy : Novo Studio

What is the cost to attend Build School?

The cost of the program includes the following: 1. All meals, snacks and drinks 2. Bike and Helmet Rental(as needed) 3. Ground Transportation to and from airport as well as during duration of class. 4. Single accommodations in a local AirBNB (Each participant will enjoy a private bedroom and will utilize a common bathroom with other participants) 5. All facilitation and course materials.

Cost: $1,900

What will I LEarn in Build school?

  • How trails and bicycle infrastructure catalyze economic development

  • Effective master planning processes

  • Moving from a master plan to implementation

  • Gaining municipal and stakeholder approval

  • Acquiring funding for trails and bike infrastructure

  • Design standards(Paved and natural surface trails)

  • Paved trail maintenance

  • Construction techniques

  • Tips and techniques for the successful implementation of pilot projects

  • Navigating highly politicized environments

*What is the agenda for Build School?

Day 1- Overview and program orientation

10am - Welcome and program overview

12pm- Facilitated ride in DT Bentonville

3pm- Q&A discussions with trail advocates and placemakers

7pm- Dinner

Day 2-integration of natural and paved trails

8am- Exploring city on Bike- Facilitated discussion along the way

10am- On site tour of bike centric multi-family development

2pm- Meet with City administration of Bella Vista

4:30pm- Panel discussion- Navigating political environemnts

7:30pm- Dinner and further discussion

Day 3-On street infrastructure and open space

8am- Depart for Fayetteville- Facilitated ride and meet with mobility stakeholders

12pm-Tour and discussion- Mt. Kessler

3pm- Tour in DT Springdale- Meet with local stakeholders

Pilot projects, biking as an economic catalyst

4pm- Discussion with small business and developers

7:30 pm- Dinner DT Bentonville

Day 4-Activating places with bikes

8am-Depart for Rogers

8:30am- Facilitated ride and discussion- Shared use paved trails.

10:30am- Tour and discussion of Lake Atalanta, Railyard and DT Rogers

12pm- Lunch

2:30pm Adjourn( Depart for airport or home)

*Draft agenda(Schedule subject to change. Detailed agenda will be provided ahead of event)

Where will Build School be Held?

Our base of operations will be in Downtown Bentonville, AR. This vibrant town is located the NW corner of Arkansas and has quickly grown to become a destination both for the sense of place that it promotes but also for biking. Like several other traditional downtown/historic areas in Northwest Arkansas(NWA) Bentonville has become a hub of sorts to access nightlife, arts and culture as well as natural surface and paved trails. Bentonville’s thriving culinary scene has an eclectic mix of traditional ozark fare as well as a flair for international favorites such as nuevo latino and Italian.

Bentonville is the home base for Oz Trails, a collection of world class trails across the NWA region . NWA is home to over 200 miles(and growing) of natural surface trails connected by shared use paved paths and other on street infrastructure. While our focus will be primarily focused on the hard surface and on street portions of developing a Bike Town you will surely want to sample some of this sweet single track while in town.

Check out this great resource on all things NWA:


Topics covered in build school

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Our class size is intentionally capped at 12 participants.

Spots will fill quickly….

If interested please fill out the form below and someone from our team will contact you to answer questions and discuss details.

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