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The Bike Provo 4th of July Guide: 2015 Edition

One of the very best ways to celebrate the 4th of July in Provo is by bicycle! Here are a few things you’ll need to know to get the most out of your patriotic holiday while on two wheels instead of four. (Details and times on the included links).

Friday, July 3rd – Bike Valet at the Rooftop Concert

Head over to the Moth & the Flame Concert by bike this weekend…free music, free t-shirts, free bike valet, and lots of fun.

We had more cyclists park their bikes with the Rooftop Concert bike valet than EVER at the last show! Thanks to Mad Dog Cycles and the Provo Bicycle Collective for all they do to make it easy and safe for you to ride over from within town or leave your bikes after bringing them down from SLC on the FrontRunner.

The air is gnarly this week and Downtown Provo will be super busy on Friday. No better way to make your way down here than on two wheels. Mad Dog will be hosting FREE valet service AND Safety Checks for your bikes. Skip the traffic, this is absolutely the best way to get to and from the concert.

Friday, July 3rd – Patriotic Night Ride

As if this night of revelry couldn’t get more exciting, join in on the annual July 3rd Glow-in-the-Dark Ride. Every year, dozens of brightly lit cyclists ride around the parade route enjoying the spectacle and delighting the crowds. It’s not to be missed.

Saturday, July 4th – Grand Parade

You’ll definitely want to come to Provo’s Grand Parade on Saturday morning. Bikes are your best way to beat the crowded traffic.

Plus, for the first time every, our mayor will be riding a bike in the parade. He’s also invited a few members of the Provo Bicycle Committee to ride along. So expect to see penny farthings, high wheelers, tandem trikes, bucket bikes, and more.

Getting Around & Decorating

Remember, traffic isn’t going to be so fun this holiday. But, bikes will be. Consider picking up some red, ride, and blue streamers from the dollar store and ride in style. Happy Independence Day!

The 400 East Transformation

A bit of paint can be a game changer.

Take a look at the recent changes to 400 East, between Center Street and 300 South.

Top: Neighborhood residents were concerned about potential traffic issues on their wide street, particularly due to a lighted intersection will be added on 300 South next year. Bottom: city engineers transformed the street yesterday almost entirely with paint. Bike lanes, cross walks, zebra stopping, school zone notices, and still room for parking.

Room for all road users.

Reporting from Provo’s Mobile Active Trasportation Tour

By Aaron Skabelund, Provo Bicycle Committee Chair

Photo: Jim Price

What was the hottest ticket last month in Provo? It may have been the Mobile Active Transportation Tour (MATT), an introduction of Provo’s active transportation routes for city elected officials, transportation and planning administrator, and bicycle advocates. Though attendance was capped at 40 participants, over 50 riders from up and down the Wasatch Front joined the tour on May 20th, one of five MATTs this year held in the state which are coordinated by Bike Utah, Mountainland Association of Governments, the National Park Service, UTA, and the Wasatch Front Regional Council.

On a beautiful morning on one of the few days it did not rain in May, participants arrived by train at the Provo Frontrunner Station where they were greeted by Gary McGinn, Provo’s director of Community Development who under the mayor’s direction is coordinating the implementation of the Provo Bicycle Master Plan. Due to the many participants, cyclists broke into two groups for the ride. On Center Street, Bill Peperone told the group about the tremendous transformation of the downtown and how the city is working to make it more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. On 200 East, engineer Brad Jorgensen talked about plans for the street to become a Neighborhood Greenway and the groups saw 16 sharrow (shared lane) signs that neighborhood activists had painted on the street earlier that week in preparation for the Complete the Street 200 East block party. One city engineer from the Salt Lake Valley remarked that he loved such community involvement and interest in making streets complete.

At BYU, the group learned from Bob Ross about the administration’s ongoing efforts to make campus more accommodating and safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. MAG’s Jim Price showed them the College Connector Trail, and Doug Robins of Parks met the group on the Provo River Trail as the traveled parallel to University Avenue and reported that Parks would intends to upgrade that trail to the “Murdoch Canal-standard.” That was a nice segue to the transition to that trail as the group entered Orem, and concluded the ride at MAG’s office on 800 North where they participated in an Active Transportation committee meeting. The tour highlighted Provo’s completion of, plans for, and process of integrating biking and walking with transit (most importantly BRT), housing, shopping, employment, and recreation destinations.

Thanks to Provo City and BYU (and Outdoors Unlimited which provided a few bikes for participants who were not able to bring one along), which were assisted by the Provo Bicycle Committee in hosting the event.

What Happened to 200 East: Your Guide to This Weekend’s Tactical Urbanism Experiment

[EDIT: The party is being postponed until Monday. Please check the event for updates. From the event page: “The rain is letting up but it’s not clear enough for the sound equipment. We’re postponing to Monday and keeping our fingers crossed for good weather, but anyone can head over and see our parklets and the traffic calming measures that have been set up already. We apologize for any confusion!” They worked like crazy to set it up and it’s definitely worth checking out what is already there, even if the weather doesn’t allow for a party tonight.]

You might notice that 200 E. looks a little different on Saturday, June 6th. This is a part of a neighborhood project to model a complete street – a shared community space for everyone. That means making the street friendly and safe for neighborhood residents, pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and anyone else that might be using the streets.

Making these temporary changes to a street is called Tactical Urbanism. Tactical Urbanism can be any small, inexpensive, short-term action designed to start a conversation and engage neighbors in thinking about what they want their street to look like. Most importantly…

Tactical Urbanism Requires a Good Imagination!

Keep in mind that what you’re seeing is just a mock-up of how permanent street changes might look. See beyond temporary items like chalk lines and cones to imagine how the space could look in the future.

Here are a few things to look for as you tour the street during Saturday night’s Neighborhood Greenway Party:

Neighborhood Greenways

Neighborhood Greenways, also known as Complete Streets, are designed to enable safe access for everyone, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Neighborhood Greenways make it easy to cross the street; walk to campus; and bicycle to downtown, the new temple, and the Frontrunner Station.

Bulbouts

Curb extensions, sometimes referred to as bulbouts, increase the overall visibility of pedestrians by aligning them with the parking lane and reducing crossing distances. They also serve as a visual cue to drivers that they are entering a neighborhood street or area.

Parklets

Parklets are converted curbside parking spaces that create vibrant community spaces. Parklets incorporate seating, greenery, and accommodate unmet demand for usable public space.

Sharrows

Shared Lane Markings or “sharrows” are markings used to indicate a shared lane environment for bicycles and automobiles. Among other benefits, shared lane markings reinforce the legitimacy of bicycle traffic on the street and recommend proper bicyclist street positioning.

Bring your imagination to the Neighborhood Greenway Party and imagine the future of safer, more people-friendly Provo streets. There will be live entertainment, food trucks, a scavenger hunt, and a chance to win lots of awesome prizes (including pieces from local artists and Disneyland tickets)! See you there!

Provo #8 in National Bike Challenge

All month long, Provo residents, employees, and students recorded their daily/weekly miles ridden on nationalbikechallenge.org. Because of everyone’s commitment and determination to get out and ride their bikes during the month of May (whether for recreation or transportation) Provo City was ranked 8th on the National Leader Board!

We rode a total of 17,546 miles, burned 951,090 calories, and saved 7,793 lbs of Co2 in the month of May. Go Provo!

Congrats to everyone, especially the winners below:

Read more on Mayor Curtis’ blog.

Help Shape the Future of Utah: Take the Envision Utah Survey

Does your vision of Utah’s future include car-reliant suburbs or bikable, walkable communities? Do you favor policies that help improve the quality of our air?

By 2050 Utah’s population will nearly double. Governor Herbert asked Envision Utah to work with hundreds of experts to create a survey about the most pressing issues facing our residents. The results of the survey will lead to a vision for Utah’s future. That vision will be used by policymakers, local governments, businesses, developers, and the public to make sure we all know how to shape the Utah we all want in 2050.

Please let your voice be heard by taking the survey here before May 30th.

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.