For Conway cyclists, a major highlight of May is the annual "ride to work with the mayor" in celebration of National Bike to Work Day occurring Friday.

The Conway Advocates for Bicycling (CAB) are again hosting this event, coupled with an end of day gathering for cyclists at ZaZa’s Pizza in the Hendrix Village.

Cyclists, from beginners to expert, will converge on Simon Park at 8 a.m. from different areas of Conway, celebrating with coffee and pastries.

Townsell plans to join a group of cyclists led by CAB Board member Ralph McKenna leaving the Tucker Creek Fitness Trailhead at the Dave Ward Drive Walmart at 7:30 a.m. They will join with a second group of riders at the University of Central Arkansas, led by CAB board member Jennifer Boyett at the corner of Bruce and Farris around 7:45 a.m.

CAB president Jim Bruce will lead a group leaving from the Centennial Bank, corner Hogan and Tyler, at 7:30 a.m., traveling east on Tyler (Gatlin Park, 7:40 a.m.), (Faulkner County Library, 7:45 a.m.), then south on Clifton (First Methodist, 8 a.m.) to Simon Park. CAB Past President Peter Mehl will lead a group riding in from the north side (Quail Creek), picking up anyone in and around Hendrix Library at about 7:50 a.m.

Between 5 and 7 p.m., cyclists will again gather at ZaZa’s Pizza in the Hendrix Village to salute the resurgence of cycling in Conway. All Conway bicyclists, including beginners, are invited to join in this celebratory day.  

Details and updates on these and other biking events in Conway can be found at the CAB website,