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Episode 118: BikeNWA Shows You Where and How To Ride in Northwest Arkansas

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About the Show:                          

Are you in Northwest Arkansas?

Would you like to join the cycling community? 

This episode is for you!  

We sat down with Bianca Montoya, Communication and Marketing Director at BikeNWA. Bianca sheds light on how the BikeNWA organization intentionally supports and builds a cycling culture in Northwest Arkansas.

Bianca moved to Northwest Arkansas to attend the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. After studying Advertising and Public Relations, Bianca started volunteering with organizations across Northwest Arkansas. Her volunteering spurred her passion for contributing to the NWA community and led her to get more involved in the local nonprofit scene. 

In her role at BikeNWA, Bianca focuses on bicycle advocacy and education. The fact that May is National Bike Month makes it even better. Whether you’ve never ridden a bike before or spend most of your waking hours on the Greenway and local trails, this episode has something for you.  

Key Talking Points of the Episode:

[04:00] What led Bianca to BikeNWA? Has she been a cyclist all her life?

[06:39] Biking culture experience in Northwest Arkansas

[13:57] Building a bike culture

[18:49] National Bike Month and what BikeNWA seeks to achieve in May as well as the remainder of the year.

[27:01] How Bike NWA is creating riding opportunities for all

[34:18] Where should new cyclists start?

Quotables:

“If you’re doing something that you’re truly passionate about, it’s easy to get up every morning and go do it.” – Bianca Montoya

“I love to tell people to be patient and continue to pursue and redefine how you look at failure. – Bianca Montoya

Important Links and Mentions on the Show*:

Bianca’s Email

Bike NWA website

Bike NWA Facebook 

Bike NWA Instagram

This episode is sponsored by*:

BikeNWA

May is National Bike Month! Celebrate alongside BikeNWA as they host weekly and overall challenges throughout the month of May! It’s easy to participate, free to sign-up, and is for all skills and abilities! Visit Lovetoride.net/nw-arkansas today and start logging your rides to win cool prizes!

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Signature Bank was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.”

You may ask why bank at Signature? 

Because they put the focus on the customer instead of on having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to make sure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day.

Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages.

Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-3700) or visit their website Signature.Bank and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast. 

Signature Bank of Arkansas is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.  

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