Put a Bike On It

Awhile ago we posted a video that came from the show Portlandia. If you have not checked it out yet I recommend it (like anything on the interweb use viewer discretion on some of the skits). Below I have two skits. The first one is from Portlandia and the other is a home-brewed Portland spoof. While the acting may not be as strong in the second one I think I like it a little more.

The Little Coach



The other day I was on BYU Campus heading to the art museum and I see a bicycle ride by me with a pretty awesome little coach attached to it. The rider was moving to quickly for me to ask him any questions or, at least, get a picture. A few days later I am at a local bicycle shop and the same rider and bicycle comes into the shop. I got to talking with the rider and found out his name is Jake Bigler and he had built the entire set up himself. He had welded all the welds hammered all the nails and wired all the batteries and motors. Now my interest was really peaked so I asked if I could get a quick introduction ride and, being the nice guy that he is he said, “Yes,” and we were off. The little coach is really really comfortable and is pretty quick as well. He took me to a side street with a decent little uphill section the bike and rider took it smoothly and easily. Jake has wired up two motors to the front tire which produce about 3 horses of power. That may not sound like much but when you add a strong rider to the mix you can get the whole rig moving pretty fast (he has taken two passengers up the hills around the Temple).

On top of speed and comfort Jake has wired in some speakers, he had his ipod hooked up but said you could just as easily bring your own with your own special mix or music. After the ride I asked him why he built such an awesome bicycle? He told me, “Last fall I did not have a job so I decided to make a job.” With that he handed me a card gave me a firm handshake and rode off. Personally I plan on giving Jake a call in the next few days to take my sweetheart and me for a ride on the Provo Trail. He charges $20 an hour which, will get you a pre-determined ride or any custom ride you can come up with. You can get in touch with Jake at his website thelittlecoach.blogspot.com, it has all his information and pricing, or just give him a ring 801-615-5588. It is great to see something like this pop up in Provo. It also beats those same old boring date ideas that everyone has heard over and over. Give Jake a call and go for a ride.

UTA Still Rejecting Public Feedback on University Ave. Bike Lanes

Final Update: UTA says they will have the feedback form fixed by Tuesday, April 12 (next week). At that time, we will send out a reminder calling for comments once again. As previous comments may have been lost even if it seemed like they went though, we are asking that everyone re-submit their comments after the issue is resolved next week. Thank you so much for your tireless efforts to make your voice heard despite this frustrating situation. We will post an update as soon as we are certain that the comments will all be received.

Dozens of Provo residents have had their feedback rejected on UTA’s website after submitting responses in support of bicycle lanes on University Ave. A coding error on the Bus Rapid Transit website’s feedback form makes it so that responses using an apostrophe send responders to an error page instead of accepting their response.

We understand that mistakes happen and we quickly let UTA know about the issue through emails and phone calls. However, UTA’s website has continued to reject public feedback and has not been fixed now a week. We are disappointed in the continuing rejection of vital feedback from the people that will be using University Ave. for years to come.

We know of more than fifty cyclists that have had their public comments rejected.  The comment link was shared between many groups on Facebook last week, and we know that there are probably many more commenters that could not get their message through. Although there are alternative ways to comment (such as tracking down a phone number), we are aware that many have become disheartened after losing their carefully written responses. Unfortunately, this is still happening today and will continue to happen until UTA fixes their feedback system. (As a side note, the coding error is a minor mistake that would be a quick fix for a programmer).

UTA: Please fix the feedback form so that residents are able to publicly comment in this time that is set aside for feedback.

Cyclists: We know it can be disheartening to lose your response, but please don’t give up. Submit a response with no apostrophes, email your thoughts on the project to provo-oremrapidtransit@hwlochner.com, or call Saffron Capson at (801) 415-5800 x829. If you get an error page on the feedback website, hit the “back” button and cut and past your response into a traditional email. Thanks for taking the time to provide your input on this important project!

UPDATE: UTA did make a minor fix, making it so that the “Provide Feedback” form on their website  now links to a page giving general contact info instead offering a feedback form. However, since dozens people have shared and are continuing to pass around the feedback page link via email and social networking sites, cyclists are continuing to access the non-working form and are having their comments rejected. The feedback form still needs to be fixed so that the people that are continuing to access it are able to share their ideas on the project.

Have You Seen This?

That’s right, one of the cycling communities most supportive business owners Leland Rowley is on the front page of the Provo newsletter. What is he doing there? Letting us all know when and were the Mayor’s Bike to Work Day will be. A big thanks to the Mayor’s Office (Helen Anderson) and Trevor Christensen for getting this all together. Make sure to save the date and come out to this event. The Mayor wants it to be the biggest and best yet. Also, make sure to read the Mayor’s message this month. We will be having a post on this very subject in the near future.

Monday Family Rides Now in Provo!

Bike Trailer
Creative Commons License photo credit: Aaron Orchid Bucky

You may all remember that BikeProvo went on the MadDog Cycles family ride last year (if not read this). When we were there we asked owner Randal Gibb if he was planning on doing the same thing from his Provo shop. It turns out we were not the only ones who wanted a family ride in Provo. As a result MadDog is now offering a family ride to all of us in Provo. Here is the information from the Facebook Event.

When: Every Monday (starting this Monday April 4th) 6pm-9pm

Where: Leaving from the MadDog Provo Shop (450N 900E)

What: That’s right, you read correct, we are officially starting up family rides at our Provo location. Grab your bicycle, your closest family (friends count you do not need kids or a marriage license), and get ready for a fun ride. We will be riding from the Provo shop to a nearby park where we will meet up with the ride that will be coming from Orem. These rides have a nice slow pace so the little ones can keep up and everyone can have a great time. See all you Provoites there.

(Little ones should be able to ride up to 5 miles or, be attached by trailer/seat and EVERYONE MUST HAVE HELMETS)

If this ride is going to be anything like the Orem ride which, I am sure it will be, you will find me and my family there every week. These rides are a great opportunity to meet other cycling moms, dads, kids, and students, not to mention getting more people aware that families and, everyday people not just Lance Armstrong ride bicycles.