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Saturday family ride! Grab your friends, grab your family, grab some wheels (bike, scooter, skates, longboard, etc) and ride the friendliest neighborhood in Provo! We’ll start at North Park, the new all-abilities park next to the Provo Rec Center and explore some great routes near it. RSVP on Facebook!

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Will you take our survey? ✅ We’d love to hear your experiences with this year’s Bike Month! What do you want to see more or less of? Link in profile!

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You’re invited! Please join @provo.parks for the ribbon cutting of the newly improved section of the Provo River Trail, Tuesday, June 8 at 9AM.

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Earlier this week BikeWalk Provo volunteers took state representatives Marsha Judkins (BikeWalk Provo board member), Norm Thurston, and Adam Robertson on a tour of Provo’s best bike infrastructure. Most of them walk, bike, and take transit frequently and understand the importance in investing transportation money in active transportation. If you have not encouraged your state legislators to invest in active transportation and public transit infrastructure, please do so!

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Here’s a precious photo of our board member Dakota walking with his child to remind you of our monthly meeting today at 5pm! – Announcements, Austin Taylor (10 min) – Provo Bicycle Collective update, Kira Johnson (5 min) – Bike Month survey, Rebecca Poulsen (5 min) – Bike Month review, Aaron Skabelund (15 min) – Before and After Data on Cougar Boulevard, Clark Pixton (15 min) Zoom link in bio and here: https://ift.tt/3z0CPvf

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#bikewalkprovostories Grace Gigena 👟 You may have seen her from time to time walking along one of our many beautiful Provo streets, because Grace Gigena has been walking almost daily in Provo since April of 1998.  Walking one or more hours a day for two to three miles, and in earlier years walking even further from Orem to East Bay near McDonalds, I guesstimate that Grace has walked well over 20,000 miles in the last 23 years in central Provo.  I asked Grace why she does it!  Her answer in the beginning sounded vaguely familiar, “it helps relieve stress, the fresh air,” but then she went on to add how she enjoys the natural surroundings that she encounters along Provo’s tree-lined streets and, of course, the view of the omnipresent Wasatch, close and in sight nearly wherever you find yourself in the Utah Valley. One of the many locations Grace Gigena regularly walks to is Pioneer Park.  She recounts in our interview that on Sundays there’s a man at Pioneer Park that cooks and serves meals, and Grace often helps this man with the kitchen duties.  Along the way Grace says she may happen to meet an acquaintance in need of conversation and/or who may appreciate some of her time, so Grace will invite people to walk along with her and give them an opportunity to chat about their day.  “[I happen to be] in the right place at the right time,” she explains to me, “[you] never know when that person is [in need], that they may need to talk.” Some of the problems Grace has experienced while walking in Provo, although she tells me has had few, are drivers not paying attention.  “Almost got run over [once], if I wasn’t paying attention,” she remembers that the driver “was on a cellphone” as she was crossing the street at a crosswalk.  I ask her about traffic lights, if she has had any difficulties with them: “500w 500n [crossing north to south],” she says she needs to run to get across in time, and feels the wait for traffic lights to change to cross east to west on our busier corridors (i.e. University Avenue) is way too long. “Less people walking these days, [it’s] more difficult to get around.” (Continued in comments)

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Bike Month ended appropriately with an evening social ride on the last day of the month led by @provobicyclecollective. As with all the events this month, we had fun, met new friends, reconnected with old friends, and enjoyed the company of people once again–something we were all craving. Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Bike Month the most popular in history.

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#bikewalkprovostories “Hidden Gems of Provo” was the name of the social bike tour that enticed me to brave the busy city traffic on a bike and mingle with the biggest crowd of people (50) I’ve been in since Covid hit over a year ago. Winding through downtown Provo’s streets among fellow bikers strung out in a line for blocks like a giant serpent, I finally felt like I could “people” again. Pedaling and chatting it up with strangers was the most fun way to emerge from a year of social isolation – especially remarkable for an introvert like me. The feeling of a restored camaraderie with humans wasn’t the only cool thing about this ride – I learned a different side of Provo that made me fall back in love with it: -There are people who are making Provo streets more friendly to bikes and pedestrians by getting the political backing and funding to create bike lanes and safer intersections. Check out their newsletter for what they are up to and for more social biking tours and events scheduled for May (and beyond!). -People of all kinds of backgrounds and ages and interests can get together and have fantastic get-to-know-you conversations. -Cars treat me a lot nicer when I’m on a bike rather than in a car – nobody cut in front of me, some cars stopped and urged me to cross the road while they waited, and sometimes I even got smiles. -Provo does indeed have hidden gems in the form of beautiful historic homes in the blocks around the tabernacle/temple – homes built by the captains of industry during the Mormon founding of the city. And there is the Startup Building populated with entrepreneurs – the movers and shakers of a new generation. Canons in the park on Center Street, murals, trees – everything looks more fascinating close up as you slowly pedal by instead of rush past in a car, impatient to get to your destination. -The greatest surprise to me was how easy it is to get around on a bicycle. From children to millenials on up to the over-50s – it didn’t take much exertion for anyone in my group to get around. And after the ride was over I had more energy the next day to apply to the new possibilities of life that Provo has to offer. -Brenda Goates

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Enter to Win a Yuba Kombi!

Bike-friendly publisher @island_press (publisher of Copenhagenize, Right of Way, and many other BikeWalk Provo-approved readings) is giving away a free @yubabicycles Kombi bike to one lucky person who subscribes to their mailing list. Link in bio! View on Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CO0Ur57BrJU/

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Get ready for Provo Bike to Work Day 2021

From smoothies to French toast, business throughout @provocity will be serving free breakfast for Bike to Work Day – Wednesday May 5 from 7:30-9:00 AM. All the stations are listed in our Bike to Work story highlight and a map and list is available in our profile link. Get ready to eat, ride, and enjoy […]