Meet Arielle Martin Olympic BMX Racer

(Arielle and Travis with the wheels Travis built and Arielle will race.)

Arielle Martin is not only an incredible athlete, and olympic racer she is also a local. Arielle grew up in Cedar Hills, attended BYU, and has family all over the Wasatch Front. In fact her dad is the one and only Travis Martin (MadDog Provo) who has been building wheels and running bike shops for 20+ years.

Arielle got her start in racing in 1990 at age five, and has been hooked ever since. Traveling all over the country and winning some national races made Arielle a pro at age 15 which at the time was unheard of for most young female racers. After a crash in 2008 which kept her from the Beijing Olympics Arielle came back full force to qualify for London this year, and qualifying is only the first step. Arielle has full intentions of a podium finish in August. With all the work, dedication, and focus that she has put into her sport over the last 21 years a podium finish is with out a doubt an option.

We have rounded up a few videos about Arielle which really highlight all of her hard work and intentions in her own words. Arielle will be racing August 8th and August 10th in London check her out on Twitter for updates and info @AMV15. Also, make sure to swing into MadDog Provo sometime before August and congratulate Travis.




Win A Free Xtracycle Right Here In Provo!

 

The Provo Bicycle Committee, Clear the Air, Xtracycle, and MadDog Cycles are teaming up to bring you the family bike event of the year! The event starts with an optional ride at the mouth of Provo Canyon at 11 am sharp with a pick up mid way at 2230N and University Ave at 11:15 am. The event itself will be Lions Park (950 West 1280 North). At the park there will be a gaggle of cargo bikes ranging from Xtracycles to Bakfiets which will be set up to be tested out and ridden around with little ones and groceries, the Provo Bicycle Collective will be doing FREE tune-ups, and the biggest news, Xtracycle will be giving away a FREE Xtracycle Kit! Help the organizers spread the word to riders and non riders since the whole idea behind the event is to get more people riding more often. We are very very excited for this event, and will see you there. Facebook event here.

What: Clear the Air Kickoff and Xtracycle Giveaway.

When: Saturday July 21st 11am

Where: Lions Park 950 West 1280 North

Why: Bike rides, Free tune-ups, Cargo bike try outs, and Xtracycle giveaway.

Finally Fixed

(A section of bad trail that has been removed, and patched.)

The Provo River Trail is one of my favorite things about living in Provo. Not only is it a separated place to go and ride, it is also a great place to meet people. Pretty much the whole trail is a joy to use until you get on the south west section of it where the tree roots were causing serious bumps. As of about a week ago however all the big and dangerous bumps have been removed along the south west section of the trail! A big thanks to Utah County (who owns this section), for stepping up and making our trail safer, and more enjoyable. Make sure to go ride the trail this week and enjoy its’ new smoothness.

Beautiful Bike In Provo

I was volunteering at our wonderful Bicycle Collecitve this weekend, and stumbled across this beautiful bike which belongs to Allen Ludwig local artist, and gentleman, using the Collective to put the finishing touches on his new bike. The bike is a Rivendell Hunqapillar which has been built up right. While snapping some photos I went ahead and asked Allen some questions.

BikeProvo: First off this is an awesome bike! What made you go with Rivendell.

Allen: I wanted something that was really nice, and that would fit me properly. I am pretty tall so finding a bike that fits right is really hard. (Allen’s bike looks like a monster truck. As one of the other volunteers pointed out, “He is ready to storm the gates of Mordor”)

BP: Well it looks massive. What do you plan on using it for.

A: I plan on using it for everything; grocery shopping, transportation, S240’s, touring, even some 80’s style mountain biking.

BP: That is really awesome! I know these types of bikes do not come cheap, and I heard that you have been saving for awhile. Do you mind if I ask how you payed for it?

A: I saved for a year straight. I had a jar at home I would put cash in. I was making art pieces and selling them, working extra hours, anything I could do really.

BP: Well, I am glad it payed off you have a wonderful bike built up and rolling.

A big thanks to Allen for letting us take some pictures of him. Make sure to look for Allen while you are out riding, and tell him congratulations on the new build.

 

 

 

One More Video For Today

This just came to our attention. Looks like our very own MadDog Cycles (click link for video) is inspiring people to get out and ride all the way in New Zealand. The video is a little on the longer side, but is fun to watch. Pop into MadDog sometime and talk to them about the custom big wheels they have for sale.

A Little Something To Get The Monday Legs Pumping

Bicycle videos make us smile. It reminds us that we are not the only ones who love our two wheeled contraptions for what ever use they may be put to. The first video to start out your week with is a new bicycle song by Sue Denim simply titled “Bicycle.” While it is no “Bicycle Commuter Anthem” it is really fun and kind of catchy. Best line “I surrender to the power of the bicycle.”

This next video is from Schwinn Bicycles. While the Schwinn company is a ghost of its former self in quality, and reliability (check out the backwards, i.e. dangerous, fork on the kids bike coming into shot at sec 10), the video is well done, and I love how it shows how tastes in bicycles mature and spread.

Finally we have a fun cut from some local riders in SaltLake that features the fixed freestyle riding of the Foad Crew and Velo City Bags.

Building Safety Awareness

We here at BikeProvo are big fans of wearing helmets. We however are not big fans of the portrayals that media does when there is a car and bike collision concerning helmets. The line usually goes something like, “and the cyclist was not wearing a helmet,”or, “and the cyclist was wearing a helmet.” Like a helmet makes the difference in who was at fault, or why an accident occurred. Luckily we are not the only ones who feel this, and there are others who are much more creative when it comes to express this. Check out BuildSafe which, appears to be the brain child of Ellie Blue (who has a great post up about this site and some sentiments on helmet use that I really agree with), and Gary Kavanagh, for that all too familiar verbiage with a witty and poignant twist. Thanks to Joe for the tip off.

Road Safety, Or Getting Their Faster?

For years there has been data coming from all over that talks about the cost of congestion on an area. The more congestion their is the more productivity is lost the more it costs an area. This data could help an area to realize that it needs to promote alternative forms of transportation, and get more cars off the road. Unfortunetly what it usually ends up doing is promoting the idea of faster, bigger, and wider roads. These types of roads may help short term with productivity but they ruin the areas they exist in making tons of noise pollution, lower home values, unsafe conditions for all road users, and as we all know if you build it they will come which only  adds to the problem of congestion. But how can you fight economics when it comes to data showing the need for less congestion (added to the mentality of bigger, wider, faster )? The answer is to fight it with better economics of course.

A recent study just came out from the Oregon Department of Transportation titled Metro’s State of Safety Report. The report shows that road collisions are costing the area over one million more dollars a year than congestion in property damage, medical costs, and productivity. As per usual the human element is brushed over with the comment, “not to mention the pain and suffering from the loss of life.” So roads are unsafe we already knew that, what’s the big deal? The big deal is that the study shows the biggest culprit is arterial roads, the very roads that are supposed to be saving money by decreasing congestion.

In the area studied arterials made up 19% of the roads, and contributed to 59% of all serious/fatal crashes.

This begs the question then of what is the cost we are willing to pay to get somewhere a little faster? One life, two lives, 20 lives? What if that life is someone we care for, or our own? Our very own Bull Dog Boulevard (which at its most used point is seven lanes wide) is statistically the most dangerous road in Provo for bicyclists and cars, and is one of the most used road by BYU/high school students, and staff. Do we leave roads like this (500W, University Ave, 300S, etc) wide and fast or do we narrow them down a bit, slow them down a bit, take them down to a livable/human pace, and plan to wait an extra 5 minutes in traffic? It seems like an easy answer. This is a question all of us will have to keep asking as we strive to make Provo a better place to live, work, and ride.