Generations Outdoors Together with Gary Vernon

About this Episode

Hi Folks, it's Lyn.

Imagine living in a town where multiple generations can bike together regardless of age or ability. Imagine leaving your car at home and biking to work, school, and social events on paths and trails that are clean and safe. Imagine this town also having programs to provide bikes to those who don't have the cash to purchase a bike. It's sad that this seems like such a pipe dream, but Erik and I had the honor of visiting a town that is doing exactly this.

In this episode Erik and I bring you Gary Vernon, the Program Officer for the Walton Personal Philanthropy Group. Gary serves an important role in developing the biking trail systems in NW Arkansas.

About a year ago, Erik visited NW Arkansas as part of a "flying car" symposium. At the time neither of us knew anything about Bentonville, Arkansas or the surrounding area. When Erik returned home he was so full of excitement and couldn't quit telling everyone he met how fantastic of a town it was. The biking, town pride, restaurants, and art all connected by a system of trails was amazing.

A year later we were both invited back to give a talk on Entrepreneurship at the NW Arkansas technology convention. After just a few days in Bentonville I also became a convert. What an amazing city.

The city is doing many things right. They're providing jobs for the community, creating a beautiful infrastructure and centering it all around a trail system that can be used by all levels and types of bikes.

Please enjoy this episode and think about what you can do to improve the multi-generational active lifestyle needs of your cities and towns.



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Erik and his new best friend. Look closely, it's make entirely out of bike chains and bike parts.

Erik at the end of the rainbow tunnel.

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One of hundreds of photos of Lyn stretching in unusual places. (Crystal Bridges Museum)

Crystal Bridges Museum. You can easily bike here from the main city.

Entrance to the Crystal Bridges Museum. (Lyn)

Erik in front of an OZ trails van. This is an example of the rainbow branding Gary mentioned in the podcast.

Stations with bike tools to keep you moving. Brilliant!

Part of the greenway trail Gary mentions in the episode. This makes NW Arkansas one of the most bike friendly cities in the nation.

Gary Vernon!

There are bikes everywhere. Do you see the bike? Photo taken from inside The Preacher's Son Restaurant.

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Some of our favorite quotes

Your external environment does play a role in how easy it is to find happiness within. (Lyn)

To get the kids off their screens, you've got to provide an experience for them that is fun. (Gary)

If you build it, they will come has certainly happened here. (Gary)

The secret sauce is that you can leave from the center of Bentonville on a bike and be on 25 miles of mountain bike trails. (Gary)

We know that the number of kids between 6-17 that rarely or never ride a bike grows every year. If this trend continues, in 20 years there will be no more riders. (Gary)

I would have been really easy to wish about it, think about it and not make a move; but sometimes you've just gotta go for it. (Gary)

If you want to try it [mountain biking] out, just borrow or rent a bike. (Gary)

Don't rent a really nice bike; because then you're going to want one. (Erik)

I'm very excited about getting more kids on bikes. It's really scary to look at the statistics on how many hours a day with videos, games, and phones that kids are watching that aren't appropriate. If you can get a child interested in mountain biking, it's a really healthy sport that's changing lives. (Gary)

About Gary Vernon

Gary Vernon is the Program Officer for the Walton Personal Philanthropy Group.

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For Fun

Photos from our trip to Manzanita, Oregon.

High tide just around the bend from the Devil's Cauldron. Lyn is on a ledge about 200 feet above the water.

Erik just north of Manzanita, OR.

Manzanita, OR beach at low tide.

We were amazed at the fresh and healthy food options in this little grocery store. That you to your entire staff for being so nice! I really should have shared my wine with you after all. (Lyn)

Dixie's Vino. Wine tasting. A darling stop just a block or so from the sand. Thanks Dixie for the great chat!

Ruff, ruff! Finally mom and dad quit talking long enough to take me for a walk!


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