New Bike Racks at the Provo Library

Have you seen the new bike racks on the south side of the Provo City Library? They were just installed and are already filled with bikes every day. Now, there are much-used racks on both sides of the library, making it easier for book lovers to go by bike.

Take a look at the awesome snapshot my husband took when he was riding to the library for a meeting just last night.

One of the best things about bike racks is that they remind us of the possibility of riding. I know that when I drive somewhere and park next to filled bike racks, I think to myself “Oh yeah, self, it would be so easy to ride here. And more fun. And I wouldn’t have to go to the gym. I could probably even eat an extra doughnut in the morning. MMMM….doughnuts…” Clearly, the already-full racks indicate that other local cyclists have been similarly inspired to ride.

Thanks to the Library staff for supporting bikes in the community. Next time you’re headed down to our local library, giving pedaling a try.

Provo Bicycle Events Every Week, All Summer Long

Not sure what to do this summer? Become a part of the thriving Provo bicycle community by coming to one of the many events happening every week this summer. Bring your family and friends, and get ready for some adventure.

Provo Bike Committee Chairman Zac Whitmore recently emailed all members about some top-notch events you’ll want to know about (Not on the email list? Send your address to bikeprovo@gmail.com and you, too, an receive updates on not-to-miss bike adventures):

Every Monday:

6pm MadDog Cycles Family Ride. The ride leaves from either shop location and rides to a nearby park or to Magelby’s or Pizza Pie Cafe (kids eat free).

9pm Monday Night Night Ride. Meet at Joaquin Park (400N 400E) at 9pm. Lights are strongly recommended.

Every Wednesday:

7:30pm BikePolo. Mallets will be available for those who do not have them. This week they are playing at 352E 400N. Bring some food to grill or some drinks to share. The place of this will more than likely be changing from time to time so your best bet is to keep an eye on BikeProvo.org.

Every Other Friday:

7:30pm Fun Fun Underground Forest Race (Next one is on Friday July 22). Grab your beach cruiser or beater bike and get ready to race the secret forest single track located in the heart of Provo. The location of this awesomely fun event may be prone to change so keep your eye on BikeProvo.org for updates. Go to BikeProvo.org right now for a recap. I raced this event last week and had the most fun I have had in a long time.

This Saturday:

5pm Provelo! We will be at the Paul Ream Park (500N Independence Ave right off the Provo River Trail). Bring a picnic some friends or family and your bicycle. There will bike crafts, lawn games, bike jousting, temporary bike tattoos, vegan cookies, and tons of fun. See you there.

There are certainly some delightful bike events this year, so please join in the fun and make some new friends. See you soon!

Tour of Utah Is Coming To Provo!

We just recently received an email from Dixon Holmes who is Head of Economic Development in Provo letting us know about volunteer opportunities for the Tour of Utah. Here is what Mr. Holmes has to say;

“Provo is one of the host cities for the Tour of Utah 2011.  Specifically, Stage 2 of this event will be rolling through Provo on Thursday, August 11th in the early afternoon.  We need volunteers desperately.  Please go to www.tourofutah.com and sign up as a volunteer for Stage 2.  Tell all your riding friends and lets show these world class riders that we can support our sport.  Post this flyer, forward it, become a volunteer.”

It does not matter what type of bike rider you are this is great news for bicycling in Provo. Not only does this put Provo on the map with road bikers because this race is the third biggest of it’s kind in the U.S., and many of the Tour De France teams will be riding in it, but it also shows the city in general that bikes are good for businesses. Make sure to sign up as a volunteer so this can be a big success not only for our great city, but also for bicycling in general.

Fun Fun Underground Forest Race

Our radio silence is now over. We will try to concentrate a little more on writing even though the riding has been great.

Fun Fun Underground Forest Race? Fun Fun Underground Forest Race? Not only is it fun to say but it is also fun to type. What is the race of which I speak? It is the new (and extremely fun), race series that has just started in Provo. Here is the description from the Facebook event page;

This is a new race series starting in Provo. The idea is to grab a beater bike or beach cruiser and come out to race. We will be racing in a secret forest track located in the heart of Provo. Bring friends to watch, cowbells to bang, and treats to eat or drink. This is not a lycra/fancy bike event. We are not racing for cash prizes or sponsors we are racing for the fun of it, we are racing to ride our bikes with friends, we are racing because we can! There will be an epic trophy given to the winner of the race, and by epic I mean 5 feet tall. The race will start at 8:15 sharp due to daylight restrictions don’t be late. See you there.

I was at the event on Friday and it went off without a hitch. There were 12 riders which translated into 4 heats and a final heat for the winners of the first four. Everyone came out in full form as you can see below.

 

(Garrett Evans from Bingham Cycles turning on the swagger.)

(Me and Mike Anderson from VELK Straps.)

(On the trail to victory.)

 

(Nick Bruce with his Singlet and beach cruiser, no wonder he won his heat.)

The winners of the first four heats were Garrett Evans, Nick Bruce, Mykle Law, and (surprisingly), myself. The course was an awesome twisty single track with two passing points and tons of obstacles. Everyone who raced had a blast. This is one of the few events that I have been to in Provo where everyone there was as excited (or was more excited), than I was. The other great part about the race was that anyone can race the track and do well. Garrett Evans took first, and so, took the trophy. Congratulations Garrett! He was riding an Electra single speed beach cruiser with mountain bike tires on it.

 

(The winner and his prize.)

Simply put, mark your calendars for July 22 and start wrenching on whatever beach cruiser/beater you have because this is an event not to miss. We will make sure to post a time and place once the information becomes available. For another perspective of the race head over to Allison Hite’s blog which, has some incredible bicycle posts on it. She was nice enough to let us use her images since I was to busy racing to snap any photos.

Provo Election 2011: Vote Bike-Friendly in This November’s City Council Elections

That's an orderProvo residents have the chance to create a more bike-friendly Provo by voting in the 2011 city council elections. If you are interested in running for election or know a bike-friendly neighbor that would be a good representative, you may file to run between today and July 15th.

There are four city council seats up for election this year, which means that the nature of the 7-person council will be dramatically changed based on who the people choose to elect. A new Provo municipal council could mean a group of representatives that work tirelessly to make our city safe and friendly for families that ride their bikes and walk. Our downtown could thrive with students that cycle to restaurants and don’t even need a parking spot because they choose not to bring a car to college (since it’s so much more convenient and cost-effective to ride). Or, the new group could be unmotivated and uninspired to even consider how bicycle and pedestrian issues affect our city’s economy and quality of life.

The transportation decisions made by this new council may have an almost immediate impact on the city – new bike lanes (or the lack of them), improved trails (or deterioration), improved sidewalks (or unsightly decay), and safer crosswalks (or fading lines). Then, later, their decisions will affect generations of families that bike our roads and walk our sidewalks.

Please consider educating yourself on the issues and becoming involved in the 2011 Provo Municipal Council elections, whether that means volunteering for a candidate, telling them how much your value a bike-friendly Provo, donating to those that you believe will help improve our city, or even running yourself. Keep visiting BikeProvo for more election information; we’ll try to keep you updated as the race gets underway.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Iain Farrell

2nd of July Night Ride to Watch Stadium of Fire Fireworks

Hey Biking Friends. Let’s meet Saturday night at 9 at Joaquin Park (400 N 400 E) to bike over to the Chevron by the BYU stadium to watch the fireworks. Bring a blanket and maybs some snacks. And your bike lights. (picture from http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_iYug41WbzfU/TA6lEuWUxMI/AAAAAAAABWo/0b3oNjtBNKs/s1600/Tracy+Lawrence+Concert+6.5.jpg)

How to Plan a Provo Bicycle Rodeo

Bicycle Rodeos are all the rage this summer. The Bike Committee has been lending a hand at rodeos for scouts, elementary schools, and other groups looking to teach young bike riders how to stay safe and have fun on the road.

Bike rodeos inspire the Provo transportational cyclists of tomorrow to develop a love of two wheels. They also help families learn how to get more involved with cycling in our city and discover new ways to get off the couch and into the sunshine together. (mmm…cycling in the sunshine sounds sort of delicious as I’m writing this from my own post on the couch…)

If you’re thinking about planning a bicycle rodeo for your own group, you’re in luck. There are many no-cost resources available including a borrowable rodeo kit, free tune-ups from Bike Committee members, downloadable rodeo guides and more. This new article will help you plan a rodeo to remember!