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Join the Worldwide Ride of Silence to the Douglas Crow Memorial Tomorrow

Annually nearly 50,000 cyclists are killed or injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Painted white bikes or “Ghost Bikes” are placed throughout the country at many of these fatal crash sites as reminders of a tragedy that took place on otherwise anonymous street corners. The bikes are quiet statements in support of a cyclist’s right to safe travel

Join the Provo chapter of the Worldwide Ride of Silence on May 20th to ride to the brand new Ghost Bike Memorial for Douglas Crow, who was struck and killed by an SUV on February 15th, 2013.

We will begin at Dixon Middle School (750 W 200 N, Provo, UT) and go for a short, slow, silent ride to the Ghost Bike Memorial located at the location of Crow’s accident at the railroad crossing at 700 West 600 South.

We will then ride back to Dixon Middle School where we will have light refreshments.

In addition, Kona Ice will be at the event selling their over 40 different flavors that are gluten, dairy free and upon request they can serve dye free/sugar free flavors! All proceeds will go to help promote bike safety at The Provo Bicycle Committee.

Come help the family of Douglas Crow as well bicycle enthusiast in the Provo area promote bicycle safety and awareness in this unforgettable event. For more details, see the Facebook event.

Have You Seen These Gorgeous Snapshots from the Provo Bike Prom?

2015 Bike Prom attendees didn’t let the threat of rain ruin their fun. This second annual Provo Bike Prom was a magical party with an even more magical ride.

Revelers came from all over the county, dressed to the nines, and ready to roll. After a scenic ride around Provo, this dazzling crowd headed to the dance floor where they were treated to sweets, mocktails, and turntabled tunes.

Thanks to Mary Ann Nielsen for sharing these gorgeous photos of the night (you can see even more on the Utah Bicycling Club Facebook group).

 

 

Put on Your Party Shoes…It’s Time for Provo Bike Prom!

Spiff up your bike, add some streamers, and put on your finest party digs for the Bike Prom!

The event includes:

- 6PM Leisurely, pre-prom bike ride en masse through Provo (1 hour, leisurely ride) hitting iconic locations around town. All ages and abilities are invited to participate in the ride.

– 8PM Following the promenade, join us for the dance at the Provo Recreation Center. Enjoy mocktails, hors d’oeuvres, the photo booth, and DJ. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated bike, best dressed cyclist, and more. Tickets must be purchased for the dance (Age 17+), $8 advanced or $10 at the door (while supplies last).

Prom attired is optional, but encouraged for both the ride and the dance. Child care is available when requested during pre-registration. For more info, check out the event Facebook page or the Provo City Events page.

Don’t Miss the Sherlock Mystery Ride – Now Rescheduled to May 22nd

Come with a partner (Sherlock/Watson) or come solo and meet someone new as you chase clues, test your skills, and end with a rad BBQ. The ride will happen come rain or shine. The games a foot, and we will see you there.

When: May 14th RESCHEDULED TO MAY 22nd at 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Courthouse on the corner of University Ave. and Center St.

More Info: Sherlock Ride Facebook Event

See even more Provo Bike Month events here.

Bike-to-Work Day on Tuesday

If you have been looking for a good reason to park your car and take your bike to work – this is it. Grab your family, friends, and neighbors, pedal on over to the Historic County Courthouse, and join Mayor John Curtis in all the cycling festivities. The first 25 participants will receive a free helmet – so get there early!

The activities include:

Fun Bike Ride w/ the Mayor (Starts at 8:00 am sharp)
Drawing for a free bike & other prizes
Free food
Free bike swag
Free bike safety check-ups
and much more!

More details on the Facebook event here.

This Tuesday: Help Save Our County Transportation System

If you’re in favor of complete streets (roads that are friendly to bicycles, pedestrians, cars, and transit), please help out by coming to the Utah County Commission meeting tomorrow and speaking in support of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system for Provo and Orem. This project has been years in the making and will be the backbone for more reliable, connected public transportation throughout the entire county. But, the project is at risk due to a few vocal and last-minute opponents.

When: Tuesday, May 12th. 9:00 a.m. Ride with the mayor and pick up some sweet swag at Provo’s Bike-to-Work Day and then head over to the meeting. (I know, who schedules meetings at that time? But we really do need your voice!)

Where: Commission Chambers located in room 1400 of the Utah County Administration Building (100 East Center Street, Provo)

What: Please stand up during public hearing (first item on the agenda) and let the county commission know that you support complete streets – including the BRT system in our county. Just a short statement will go a long way. Also, please share this with your friends and family whether or not you can make it. The more voices we have, the better.

If you’d like to learn more, take a look at this write-up about having vision from Mayor John Curtis or today’s letter in the Herald from Bruce Hall.

Speaking up can feel a little scary, but your voice is needed. Keep in mind that the people at the meeting are just your fellow neighbors and you’ll be surrounded by a community that cares about transportation issues just as much as you do. What better way to celebrate bike month than to advocate for complete streets?

2015 Provo Bike Month

May is National Bike Month and Provo is celebrating the benefits (and the fun) of bicycling.

Here is a list of the month’s events. Everyone is welcome.

Check back on this website for more information throughout the month.

MAY 4-30: TAKE THE MAYOR’S PROVO BIKE CHALLENGE
MAY 7 (THURSDAY) 5-6 PM: PROVO BICYCLE COMMITTEE MEETING
Community Oriented Policing Building, 48 N 300 W
MAY 9 (SATURDAY) 2 PM, CYCLOFEMME RIDE
County Building, Center & University
MAY 11 (MONDAY): 9 PM: MONDAY NIGHT RIDE
Joaquin Park, 400 E 400 N (a weekly year-round ride)
MAY 12 (TUESDAY) 7:30-9 AM: ROLL WITH THE MAYOR BIKE-TO-WORK RIDE
County Building, Center and University
MAY 13 (WEDNESDAY) 8 PM: BIKE-IN-MOVIE
Provo Bicycle Collective, 49 N 1100 W, #2
MAY 14 (THURSDAY) 7:30 PM: SHERLOCK RIDE
County Building, Center and University
MAY 15 (FRIDAY) 6 PM: BIKE PROM
6 pm ride & 8 pm dance, Provo Rec Center, 320 W 500 N
MAY 20 (WEDNESDAY) 7 PM: WORLDWIDE RIDE OF SILENCE AND DOUGLAS CROW MEMORIAL DEDICATION
Dixon Middle School, 750 W 200 N, dedication at 700 W 600 S
MAY 23 (SATURDAY) 3:30 PM: PROVELO BIKE PICNIC
Paul Ream Park, (bring your own food and blanket we will have bike crafts and bike-jousting gear)
MAY 23 (SATURDAY) 5 PM: COMPLETE THE STREET 200 EAST PARTY
200 East/800 North, tactical urbanism begins at 5 pm, party at 6:30

Y Bike Event This Thursday

Come to the BYU Y-Bike Event this week for free bike info, inspections, swag, and more. Check out the Facebook Event for details.

When: April 9, 2015 – 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM MT

Where: area between JFSB/HBLL – View Map

Y-Bike? Bicycle for health, for the environment, to not waste money on gas, to not worry about parking and being able to park much closer, for pure enjoyment. Have your bike inspected and serviced by Outdoors Unlimited, win some bike swag, and learn how to bicycle safely. Learn about the newly installed bike fix-it stations around campus and how BYU is becoming more bicycle friendly. There will be a bike ride for students new to commuting on bikes. Please pass the word along.

Organizations that will be there to answer your biking needs:

Provo Bicycle Committee
BYU Police Department
Provo Police Department
BYU Bicycle Club
Utah Transit Authority
Utah Highway Safety Office
Outdoors Unlimited
BYU Sustainability: Bike Sharing Program
Utah County Health Department

BYU Installs DIY Bike Maintenance Stations

Last week BYU installed four of these DIY maintenance stations on campus–south of the law school, south of the Clyde bldg, between the ASB and JKB, and between the RB and Fieldhouse.

Funny back story: BYU of course wanted the stations to be blue but Park Tools has the trademark on any bike related tools that are blue so this bike station company cannot make stands that are blue. One option was red, but for BYU that of course would not do so they ordered green ones.

Thanks to the administration for taking another step in making campus more bicycle-friendly. Now for more covered bicycle parking and bike lockers.