Bikes on Provo FrontRunner

This December, Provo is finally getting FrontRunner commuter train service to Salt Lake. I was already looking forward to riding my bike to the station, but what I didn’t realize is that FrontRunner actually has an entire cab dedicated to bicyclists.

Here’s what I saw when passing the Provo station this afternoon:

See all those bike symbols? Apparently, that cab has room for 12 bikes. You can just roll yours on in and sit next to it; no need to worry about awkwardly affixing it to some caboose carrier or anything.

Here’s a quick tour of how these cabs look:

Neat, huh? BikeSLC offers these tips for taking your bike on the FrontRunner:

Board the bi-level car closest to the locomotive. There are spaces for 12 bicycles to be parked upright on this car. If using any other car, enter through the door with a green bicycle symbol. Place the bicycle under the stairs (room for 4 bicycles). No bikes are allowed in single-level cars.

I’m already planning trips to Salt Lake restaurants and commutes to work using the train and my trusty Ticino. Where are you going to take your bike?

The Big Question: Will Provo be a Bike-Friendly City?

The last few weeks, we’ve been anxiously waiting for news from the League of American Cyclists. Any day now they should be releasing their list of communities across America that they believe are good for cyclists. Places like Boulder and Davis are on that list. Will Provo be next?

It’s Been a Long Road

Becoming a bike-friendly community isn’t exactly an easy process. Several months ago, after a year of work, the Provo Bicycle Committee finally submitted their application. First, we researched what it would take and got the city council to vote for a plan that included the intent of becoming a bike-friendly city. Council person (and hottie husband…hehe) Sterling Beck started our application and began gathering facts and putting together sections, then Bike Committee member Aaron Skabelund took over and did a phenomenal job of contacting dozens of city and community resources to provide the (very, very specific) facts, figures, and details that were required. Bike Committee Chair Zac Whitmore spent a lot of his time getting some of the more hard-to-determine facts together (he’s the only person in the city that has calculated the total number of public and private bike parking spaces everywhere), and I worked with the revisions.

Finally, we hit the “submit” button and are now eagerly awaiting their response.

What Would Becoming a Bike-Friendly City Mean?

All that hard work isn’t for nothing. Becoming a bike-friendly city could be a big deal for Provo. Yes, we would be listed on League of American Cyclist publications and would get to put up two Bike-Friendly Community signs. But, it will also give us some less-tangible benefits.

Think about these:

  • Momentum – We’ve been garnering more support for our cause, but official recognition would help our neighbors see just how much our efforts are improving the city. Ideally, we’ll encounter less push back and will have an easier time getting funding and approval for things like bike lanes, bike racks, signage, and trials.
  • Visioning – As a part of the application, we were asked to share our vision and make note of some of our weaknesses. In particular, we were asked to judge how we matched up against specific attributes of bike friendly cities. This was a huge help in figuring out where we’re headed and what we need to do next. We have a lot going for us. But, we also found there were a lot of attributes we haven’t even started to get to. Combine our new vision with growing community support, and you have a recipe for success!
  • Guidance – When the League of American Cyclists releases the awards, we’ll also get some detailed feedback from them about our strengths and weaknesses. Now only will this help us with our own planning, but we can use it as we communicate with city and state officials.
  • Attention – Becoming a recognized city means that Provo will become more well-known for its bike-ability. Bike-friendly cities are often featured in lifestyle magazines and top 10 lists. That means we’ll do a better job of attracting bike-friendly businesses and awesome people that want to become a part of what we’re doing. It’s really a cycle (haha) …the more good publicity we get…the more people come on board…the more changes we can make…the more good publicity we get…etc.

So, send some good thoughts our way! We’ll let you know as soon as the League releases the list of bike-friendly cities.

A Survey of Bike Parking


Introduction

Bicycle parking is a varied and sometimes evocative creature. Some parking solutions neither amaze or anger, but merely merit a “meh.” Though, in the end the utility and necessity of these small structures should not be understated. I began to think a survey of bike parking structures throughout the world would help us continue to create our own identity.

I wanted to gather a host of images documenting the variety, beauty, failure, and banality of bike parking throughout the world. I have also tried to document the growing variety and ubiquity of bike parking in Provo, though we have a long way to go yet. I hope this post inspires the community to see what could be done to further integrate bicycles into our infrastructure and culture.

Bike Parking Throughout the World

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Provo Bike-to-School Week!

School has just begun and there’s no better way to get there than by bike. Provo Mayor John Curtis has declared this week to be Bike-to-School Week. And, the Provo Bicycle Committee has helped organize events with parent volunteers in schools throughout the community this week.

You’ll also want to check out these awesome activities, free for anyone that wants to show up and be a part of Provo’s growing bicycle culture:

Mon. September 9 – 9 pm Monday night night ride, Joaquin Park

Wed. September 11 – Free bike tune up clinic 7 pm, Provo Bicycle Collective, 49 N. 1100 W. #2

Wed. September 11 – Bike Polo Wells Fargo parking lot 7 pm

Thurs. September 12 –  West Side Family Bike Ride, 6:30- (starting at the Fort Utah Park, down to the River Parkway trail head and back. It is 5.57 miles round trip, nice flat path)

Fri. September 13 –  Bike in Movie ET (yay!) 8pm, Joaquin Park

Sat. September 14 – Provelo Bicycle Picnic. Bring your own picnic and be ready for fun. 2pm-4pm Paul Reams Wilderness Park

All events are student friendly, family friendly, and single friendly. Please, come out to show your support of bikes in Provo and make some new friends! And, don’t forget to ride your bike (or encourage your kids to ride their bikes) to school this week!

Post illustration created by Ron Jensen, a member of the Provo Bike Committee.