Bike Committee Meeting This Thursday at 5 p.m.

Don’t miss the bike committee meeting tomorrow night. Here’s the info from Zac on our Facebook Event:

“The Provo Bicycle Committee will be meeting this Thursday at 5pm at the city building off of Center St. We meet on the second floor in the big council room. This week we will be working specifically on the Mayor’s Bike to Work Day as well as Bike to Work Week. We will also be looking at implementing some form of education program for cyclists and drivers.

As always the more the merrier. Coming to these meetings has a direct effect on the quality of safe cycling we have available here in Provo.”

 

Bring your friends and make some new ones by showing up tomorrow! If you’ve never come before, now is a great time to get involved.

University Bike Lane *UPDATE*

(If You Have Seen This Read Below and Try Again.)

From Jamie,

Their code (UTA’s website) has an error that doesn’t accept any responses with apostrophes. So, basically, they are losing responses from anyone that said “don’t…”

I emailed them and sent them a screenshot of the error and will call if we don’t hear back soon.

Please don’t give up, folks! Submit a response without an apostrophe or wait until it’s fixed, but please do try again!

Emailing a Council Member is just as easy and will have the same effect or, if it is easier, email us here at BikeProvo and we will get your message to the right people. If you have tried to submit please use one of these options we literally need every voice we can get.

Bike Lanes on University Ave? Here is Your Chance.

As many of you may know Provo will be receiving the Front Runner Commuter train as well as a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. What many of you may not know is that bicycles may be kicked off of University Avenue entirely due to BRT. This may happen even though the Bicycle Master Plan which was passed last summer as well as hundreds of Provo Citizens have called for there to be lanes on University Avenue (96% of citizens who filled out the survey said University Avenue was there number one pick). The Bicycle Committee has been working with the City, UTA and the local businesses to make sure this dose not happen seeing as University Avenue is the only complete and safe North/South route in Provo for bicycles. All parties involved have been open, helpful and, cooperative which has kept the process moving smoothly. However, the Committee needs your help in letting the city and UTA know how important this route is for the bicyclists of Provo. Public comment has opened up on the UTA site you can go here to let them know you want bicycle lanes. It will literally take 1-2 minutes and will have a giant effect. I am not sure how long the comment section will be open so please do not delay, this will have a very serious effect on the quality, safety and, accessibility of bicycles in Provo. From there you can copy paste your comments to UTA and send it to one or all of the City Council members here. Once again, all parties have been working together very well but, if all voices are not heard, bicycles (the second largest road user group) could end up losing access to University Avenue. Take a moment and make sure this does not happen.

 

(Proof of My Personal Submission)

 

Complete Streets Symposium in Salt Lake This Thursday

This week, take advantage of the opportunity to hear from national and state-wide transportation experts at the Complete Streets Symposium. The symposium’s Facebook Event explains what you can expect:

“Salt Lake County’s Bicycle Advisory Committee is proud to present International Transportation Expert and representative from the National Complete Streets Coalition Michael Ronkin to conduct the seminar. Mr. Ronkin is a renowned bicycle and pedestrian city planner who has worked in the field for more than 30 years!”

For more information about the symposium and the presenters, check out the Salt Lake County Bicycle Advisory Committee’s website or read this article from the Salt Lake Tribune.

The Details

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2011

Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Place: Salt Lake County Government Center
2001 South State Street
(Council Chambers)

Ladies Night This Week

(Photo courtesy of Trek)

 

Well, spring is here and that means that there are many events on the way to celebrate you and your bicycle. The first of which is MadDog Cycles Ladies night. Here is the information from the Facebook Event;

Time: Thursday, March 24 6pm-9pm

Location: Mad Dog Cycles Orem (360E 800S)

More Info: Come enjoy an evening of cycle experts, demonstrations, fashion and fun. Just for the ladies! Invite your friends.

I have spoken with ladies who have went to this in the past and they have really loved it. There will be raffles, Swag, and one on one time with experts in women’s clothing, bicycles and, riding. This event is not exclusively for the sport rider either. All women are welcome and encouraged to come by and get ready for the next fare weather riding season. Here is the link to the event on Facebook.


Bike Rack Scouting in Downtown Provo


On Thursday night, a group of us braved an ominous sky and went scouting for bike rack locations in downtown Provo. We’re hoping to see new, artistic-style bike racks in key locations including University Avenue, Center Street, and Pioneer Park (where the Provo Farmer’s Market sets up shop in the summer time).

Overall, we had a fun ride with new friends and came up with some good ideas for bike rack placement. Several businesses in the area have also expressed interest in seeing racks near their shops and restaurants.

If you missed this week’s meeting but know where a bike rack is needed, please let us know. Send your suggestions to: bikeprovo@gmail.com.

National Bike Summit

(Brad With His Wonderful Wife Jenni)

As all of you know, the Utah Bicycle Summit is steadily approaching. However, many of you may not know that the National Bicycle Summit just ended last week. We are lucky to have had Brad Woods, a local bicycle advocate, there to represent Utah Valley. Brad wrote up a great re-cap of everything that went on.

From Brad:

We have a friend in Ray LaHood.  That was the take-away message from the opening of the 2011 National Bike Summit.  For those who don’t know, Ray LaHood is the Republican Secretary of Transportation in the Obama administration.  He is responsible for all transportation matters in this country, and he is a big supporter of cycling.  He gave his remarks to a crowd of over 800 advocates from around the country, and even some from Canada!  This was the biggest summit ever, necessitating a move to a new facility this year, and it was so large, that with an even larger crowd anticipated for 2012, an even larger facility will have to be found for the next one!

Day two started out with a breakfast speech by the Director of Let’s Move, an initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama that aims to get kids active and healthy.  With many more kids coming down with adult diseases due to obesity and inactivity, cycling can play a major role in reversing the trend.  The next breakfast speaker was the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar.  He spoke about wild lands and urban parks, and the place that cycling has in bringing youth out doors and helping them get active.  That seemed to be something of a theme at this Summit.

After the breakfast talks, it was on to the break-out sessions.  The first one I attended was on High School Mountain Biking.  I’m really excited for the possibilities for High Schools here in Utah.  The next session was on Zero Fatalities.  Frankly, I was mostly disappointed in this one.  It was mostly car people talking about how everyone else needs to take responsibility for cars killing them.  I wasn’t to impressed.  There were some great comments from members of the audience, which was quite respectful.

Lunch was next, and we had a presentation from IMBA, and the League of American Bicyclists gave out its Bicycle Friendly Business and University awards for this half of the year.  I’m very proud to say that Mad Dog Cycles in Orem and Provo was awarded a Gold level Bicycle Friendly Business award.

After lunch was over, the third and final break-out sessions happened, and I went to one on getting metro areas ready for innovation in bicycle facilities and planning.  Announced at the Summit was the new NACTO guide on bicycle facilities.  This guide is extremely progressive, and the hope is that the governing bodies within the USDOT will allow more of the European style facilities in this country.

State delegation coordination was next, and we had 5 people from Utah this year!  I think that is a record.  Of course, that is quite dismal if you ask me, so if you are reading this, start saving your pennies now so you can come next year!  There are always party’s at night, and I went to one both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Thursday was our day on the Hill, and it was pouring rain!  We all got soaked!  The meetings were good though.  I know you are wondering where Utah’s delegation stands on bicycle issues.  The lone Democrat from Utah is very supportive, some of the rest are nice about it, and the rest tolerate our being there, but don’t like us to much, yet.  We are going to be meeting with them again, and we’ll win them over.  How can you not like bikes?  There was a party at the end of the day on Thursday, and that was it for the summit.

Friday my plane didn’t leave until late in the day, so I borrowed a Brompton folding bike, and toured the city.  I have to tell you all, that a folding bike and the subway make getting around a city so easy it is silly to drive.  I wish we had better transit here in Utah Valley.  I hope this has whet your appetite a bit, because Utah’s Bike Summit is coming up at the end of April!  I hope to see you all there!

 

Brad Woods 

Bike Utah 

Board of Directors
Brad, thank you so much for the great write up and all the great work you do for Utah.

Committee Meeting & Ride for Bike Racks

Don’t miss the Provo Bicycle Committee meeting and bike ride this Thursday (5:00 p.m. in front of the City Center Building – 351 W. Center St.)

Here’s the inside scoop from the Facebook Event:

This week will be a little different than normal. We are going to meet in front of the city building off of Center St. at 5pm, overview some stuff, and then go on a fact finding bicycle ride. The city is interested in putting in some bicycle racks around the downtown area and would like us to help with their placement. As a result we will ride around the downtown area and mark areas of interest on a map which we will then make available to the city. We have information on businesses who are interested so all you need to bring is your bicycle. The weather may not fully cooperate so bring some rain gear if you are concerned (if it is really bad we will adjust our plans there). I hope to see you all out for a night of bicycle riding and planing.

Sounds like a blast and a great way to get some much-needed bike racks downtown. See you Thursday!