BIG NEWS: Provo Recognized as Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists

Congratulations, Provo! The League of American Bicyclists just announced their list of bicycle-friendly communities and we are on it for the first time ever!

Here’s what they have to say:

Across the U.S., bicycling is on the rise — thanks in part to cities like Provo, Utah taking steps to make riding safer and more comfortable for all residents. Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) and Provo has been named a bronze-level BFC.

“We are excited that Provo recognizes that simple steps to make biking safe and comfortable pay huge dividends in civic, community and economic development,” said League President Andy Clarke. “Bicycling is more than a practical, cost-effective solution to many municipal challenges – it’s a way to make Provo a place where people don’t just live and work, but thrive.”

Gaining recognition as a bicycle-friendly community was no easy task, as we posted about previously. But, our efforts over the past few years have paid off.

The award will be officially presented at a City Council meeting and the Provo Bicycle Collective (49 North 1100 West #2) will host a Bike-Friendly Community Celebration and Open House on Friday, November 9th from 7-9 p.m. Members of the public are invited to come and learn about planned bicycle infrastructure, events, ways to get involved, and more. Please join us!

This is a big deal for Provo and we’re delighted with the news. Today, we’re going to celebrate! But, tomorrow, we need your help to keep the momentum going and make our city an even better place to ride. Let’s go for diamond-level recognition and become one of the best places in the U.S. to get around by bicycle.

Barefoot Provo Woman Catches Bike Thief

In other awesome, only-in-Provo news, a local woman recently tracked down a bike thief, rescued her husband’s ride, and had the culprit arrested. Here’s the scoop from the official Provo Police blog:

On October 8th, 2012 at approximately 10:30 pm a Provo resident called police to report their bike had just been stolen from the area of 200 S 500 W.  The victim, a 5’4” 24 year old female, chased the suspect barefoot for a few blocks before waving down a motorist.  The victim, who did not know the motorist, asked the stranger for help.  The motorist agreed and the victim got into the car where together they began to follow the alleged thief.  Once inside the car the victim called police and guided officers to the Smith’s parking lot at350 N Freedom Blvdwhere Officers took 50 year old Randy Johnson into custody. Randy was booked into the Utah County Jail for theft and failure to stop for police.“This is a great example of good people helping one another.  Citizens who are alert to suspicious activity, and report that activity, are one of the most valuable assets a police department can ask for.”  -Chief Rick Gregory

Way to go, barefoot Provo lady!