Thoughts on the Ride of Silence

IMG_5923_1The following guest post was submitted by Provo bicycling mom Rachel Whipple, who participated in last night’s Ride of Silence in honor of Douglas Crow. She has also given up cars for lent.

It felt reverent. There were more than a hundred bikes of all kinds: little kids in trailers, a dog in the basket of a giant tricycle, kids pumping their single speeds, college-aged kids, couples on bikes built for two, and grandparents. All kinds of riders came out, from the serious sport cyclists, bicycle commuters, and people like me pedaling along on hand-me-down bikes.

Some of the more confident cyclists were designated to block the intersections, guarding the way for the rest of us to safely pass. Police bikes escorted us and a police car was our rearguard.

It was quiet. The ride had all the dignity of an old fashioned processional. It was as solemn as a line of cars leading to the gravesite. But we were not hidden, sheltered in the privacy cars; we were out, exposed in both senses: we feel everything, the wind and the cold, and we are seen, visible to all we pass.

It was community. We were mourning with the family in their mourning. We were thinking about our own mortality as we rode the same roads Mr. Douglas Crow rode. We were together, respectful of the family, honoring the fallen man, and pleading silently to everyone who saw us as a group to see us when we ride alone.

The sounds we passed felt significant in our silence: the striking of the hours of the courthouse clock, the clanging of the arms that heralded the coming of the train. And then as we turned back to home, the moon rose over the mountains, full bright with mellow light.

I rode, quiet in my thoughts. And I felt overwhelmed with love and awe for all who rode with me. And I hope that all who saw us marveled.

Ride Of Silence

Please join us today for a ride of silence in Provo Ut to remember Douglas Crow who was struck and killed by an S.U.V. on February 15th, 2013. The ride will start at 630pm. We are meeting at the corner of University Avenue and Center Street (the courthouse)

 

Facebook event please share:

http://www.facebook.com/events/462165300517672/

 

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It’s the Beez Kneez

The interwebs has once again provided tonight’s entertainment. Who knew that bees and bicycles would ever be associated together. Thanks to the Beez Kneez Delivery service, the people of Minnesota and St. Paul are able to enjoy the pleasures of local, raw, and sweet honey via bike delivery.

Although it might be awhile until the people of Provo have a need for bike delivered honey, other deliveries by bike would be pretty awesome. Just imagine you and your family are having a picnic in the park; then a strapping young fellow delivers a delicious meal, maybe from Station 22, on a classy Schwinn right in time for lunch. As I continue to dream of the warm sun for the upcoming summer, can’t a girl dream of bicycle delivered treats?

Ride safe.

How to Not Get Hit by Cars

While safety on the road should be the concern of everyone, cyclists have some lessons they can learn to make commuting safer on their end by learning how to ride defensively. Motorists would also benefit from reading this as to avoid some of the common mistakes made behind the wheel. Most of these mistakes are fairly common and potentially lethal to even the safest cyclist on the road.

How to Not Get Hit by Cars

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(photo credit Copyright ©1998-2008 by Michael Bluejay)

This page shows you real ways you can get hit and real ways to avoid them. This is a far cry from normal bicycle safety guides, which usually tell you little more than to wear your helmet and to follow the law. But consider this for a moment: Wearing a helmet will do absolutely nothing to prevent you from getting hit by a car. Sure, helmets might help you if you get hit, but your #1 goal should be to avoid getting hit in the first place. Plenty of cyclists are killed by cars even though they were wearing helmets. Ironically, if they had ridden without helmets, yet followed the advice on this page, they might still be alive today. Don’t fall for the myth that wearing a helmet is the first and last word in biking safety. In truth, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s better to not get hit. That’s what real bicycle safety is about.

Put Some Class on Your Bike

 

Not everyone has the cash the to buy a complete hand built bicycle with all the dreamy components to make the cool kids drool. Sure you could donate plasma for months and months till you have the coin to scoop up a Rivendell Hunqapillar, but that might be a little to intense for your speed. So are you forever stuck with your classless steed doomed to ride your miles in mediocrity? Well here are some quick and easy things you can do for you bike to make it stand out from the pack.

Simplify

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Some of the hottest bikes out there are quite often the simplest. One of the appeals of a fixed gear bicycle is its simplicity.  So it would make sense that to give your bike a little class is to keep it clean. Don’t leave your cable lock wrapped around the top tube, carry it in a bag. Remove old and faded reflectors and replace them with much safer and removable be seen lights. Are you sponsored by Huffy? Probably not, so there is no sense in giving them free advertisement, stripping off decals and stickers is also a quick way to clean up a bike.  Bottle cages are a great way to stay hydrated on a long 50 mile rides, but they clutter up the bike for the under two mile trips you make daily.

Fenders

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Slimming down isn’t the only way to breath new life into your bike. Adding fenders is not only a great functional addition to any bicycle, but a set of full fenders really gives your bike a classic look that will stand the test of time. There a quite a few options to appropriately compliment your bike with ranging colors and materials and can be found used at your local Bicycle Collective.

Saddle

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Although a saddle is a steeper investment than most, its one that is considered the most important if you put any miles on your bike. Not only does a quality saddle get the looks, but your rear will thank you in the long run. Nothing says class and heritage than a B17 Brooks Saddle, they are pricey but well worth the investment if you take care of it. There are options as well for the more animal conscience cyclist, there are plenty of vegan saddles that have just as much style and comfort.

Handle Bars

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Your cockpit is a place on your bike that can get overwhelmed with unnecessary attachments and mounts that can detract from the overall look of your bike. Back to the “simpler is better” mentality, less is more. Replace your complex index shifters with the ever reliable friction shifter. Grips get gummy and gross over time, put on a bright set of  Ourys to make your mitts happy.  The only peripheral attachment that should be put on a handle bar that isn’t brake handles or shifters is a bell, but keep that bell simple.

Though not for the faint of heart, a sure fire way to make the ladies swoon and fellas holler, the ape hangers.

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Remember the Rule of Apes. “The taller your bar, the cooler you are”.

 

 

 

Deseret News: “Proposed Plans for Provo Bike Lanes Near Approval”

bike tour 2011The Deseret News recently published an article reviewing our progress towards completing the Provo Master Bike Plan – plans and funding for an extensive set of interconnected bicycle lanes throughout the city.

“The city is likely to approve an extensive new series of bike lanes by as early as April.

The Provo Bicycle Committee has been considering its options for a Master Provo Bike Plan since December 2011, when it received a county grant for the project…

Transportation advocacy groups such as Bike Provo have asked for additional bike lanes for the past three years, saying the city needs to update what they consider to be outdated safety conditions for bicyclists.

‘There’s so much work left to be done, but I think the plan is a good groundwork,’ said Andrew Ungerman, a volunteer with Bike Provo.

Take a look at the full article here and keep watching BikeProvo for updates as we get closer to the finalization of the plan and the vote by the Provo City Council.

In Memory of Douglas Crow RIP

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As many of you know we had a cyclist down in Provo yesterday. He was hit by an SUV at the FrontRunner crossing at 600S 700W. From what we have been able to gather he worked for BYU for 30 years was getting ready to retire this year and had taken yesterday off for some bike riding and bicycle maintenance before he was struck and killed early Friday morning. The Provo Bicycle Committee is trying to get in contact with the family so the city can hold a ride of silence in solidarity for our community and support for the family if anyone knows how to contact them please send us an email. Fellow rider and commuter Kent Moos got with the Provo Bicycle Collective and erected this ghost bike memorial today around 3:40pm. If you have a chance stop by to pay your respects. They also left some markers if you want to leave a message on the board. This is a sad time for our city and our community. Our hearts go out to Douglas’s family at this time. We will keep you updated as more info unfolds. For now ride safe and ride strong.

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Cyclist hit and killed in Provo

Be careful out there. And I direct this to the those behind the wheel, not on them.

Story from KSL.

PROVO — A 69-year-old Provo man was killed after being hit by both a vehicle and a FrontRunner train Friday morning.

The incident happened about 7:30 a.m. at a FrontRunner railroad crossing near 700 West and 600 South in Provo. Detectives believe that a woman driving an Escalade hit Douglas Crow on a bicycle with her front bumper and pushed him onto the train tracks, said Provo Police Lt. Mathew Siufanua. Crow was then hit by the FrontRunner train. He died a short time later at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

Siufanua said Crow would reportedly ride his bicycle each morning. According to Crow’s son, he worked for Brigham Young University and was getting ready to retire.

Several questions remained outstanding Friday morning, including what condition Crow was in after being hit by the vehicle, how long he was on the tracks before being hit by the train and whether the crossing arms were down yet when the bicyclist was allegedly hit by the Escalade.

The vehicle believed to have hit the cyclist was found stopped 20 yards away from the intersection, after having already driven over the tracks, Siufanua said.

Photos submitted to iWitness showed a bike still near the tracks, and a witness on the train reported seeing debris on the tracks prior to the train hitting the pedestrian.

The Utah Transit Authority set up a bus bridge between Orem and Provo to accommodate passengers.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available

Read more here.