I'll go take some pictures of this route in the fall when the chiggers, et al. are less prevalent, but for now we can just look at the birds-eye view. Once the Central Rail Trail is built why not extend the world-class, separated, well-lighted bike and pedestrian facility to the west to the University District? There's an old unused rail right of way that starts at the active Union Pacific tracks south of Roselawn cemetery and winds its way between Fourche Creek and the industrial area south of Roosevelt and Asher. You'd have to build a bridge over the tracks from the State Fairgrounds, or you could put a short stretch of Roosevelt on a road diet and install some bike lanes on its bridge to get over the tracks before turning south on Woodrow. Either way, once you're west of the U.P. trains there's a free path all the way to Asher & Madison. Then the path could skirt behind a few businesses for the last half mile or transition onto the local neighborhood streets for easy and convenient access to UALR.
View Rail Trail to UALR from the East in a larger map
Then we'd have UALR, Central High, Arkansas Childrens Hospital, the State Capitol Complex, downtown and the River Trail all directly linked with the expanded network reaching UAMS and Saint Vincent, not to mention all the neighborhoods and other businesses in between.