What is Build School?
Build School is a 4 day, on-site, immersive experience designed to accelerate your learning about successfully executing and implementing bicycle infrastructure and culture.
What is The Scholarship?
The Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) has partnered with Laneshift to award a full individual scholarship (a $1,900 value) to participate in the Laneshift Build School on September 9-12, 2019 in Bentonville, AR. This scholarship is designed to equip the scholarship recipient with an increased knowledge of Active Mobility, Bike Infrastructure, and Culture. Our 2019 focus is on individuals residing in the Northwest Arkansas community.
The scholarship targets ethnically diverse and/or female professionals under age 35 currently working in either of these sectors: Urban Planning, Transportation, Active Mobility, Real Estate Development, Community Development, Economic Development, and Land Planning. In addition to the scholarship to participate in Build School, the recipient will also receive a complimentary annual Associate Membership to ULI (a $220 value).
To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Be a professional working in one of the following the field(s);
Real Estate Development
Economic Development, and/or a related field.
Note: Applicants may also work closely with organizations, or community groups focused on addressing these needs within underserved areas or populations.
An ethnic minority or a person of color
Between the ages of 18-35
A resident of Northwest Arkansas
Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply
**Scroll to bottom of page for scholarship application**
GOAL FOR BUILD SCHOOL: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SKILL BUILDING
Provide skills in establishing and expanding a culture of bikes within a local community.
Activities will include:
Riding the Northwest Arkansas trails and paths
Engagement with local leaders
Gaining perspective from local stakeholders When is Build school:
When is Build School?
Monday September 9th, 2019 - Thursday September 12th, 2019
Where will Build School be held:
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.
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
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
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
7:30pm- 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
2:30pm- Adjourn (depart for airport or home)
*Draft agenda(Schedule subject to change. Detailed agenda will be provided ahead of event)
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: