Action Alert: Tell US DOT That Every Bicyclist Counts

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The following action alert comes from the League of American Cyclists. Safety policies set at the national level have a major impact on what happens in Provo, particularly on roads and projects that receive federal and state funding.

There is only one acceptable number: 0.

Today, the League released a new report, which analyzes the bicyclist fatality tracking we undertook for a 12-month period. Over the course of the project we documented 628 fatal bike crashes, a high percentage of the official number of such fatalities recorded by federal authorities. The results are sobering, eye-opening, and critically helpful in informing the current debate about the need for a non-motorized traffic safety performance measure.

Your comments count: Tell US DOT that we can’t turn a blind eye to the 45,000 bicyclists injured and 5,000 cyclists and pedestrians killed on our roadways each year — we must have a national goal to make biking and walking a safe transportation option.

While cities like New York and San Francisco have set decisive “Vision Zero” targets to dramatically reduce bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities, the U.S. Department of Transportation has just released proposed safety measures that have no goal, no accountability and no attempt to reduce the 16% of all fatal crashes that include people who walk and bike.

In 2012, Congress asked the US DOT to set national goals to guide federal, state and local investments in our transportation system. After meeting with USDOT and FHWA officials, we knew they were unlikely to include a specific non-motorized performance measure – or goal to reduce bike/ped deaths. Unfortunately, on March 11 we were proved right: FHWA issued a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” that acknowledged our request – but chose not to include one.

Now, they’re asking for comments — and they need to hear from you. Please endorse the League’s comments or submit your own.

Our analysis: The overall safety performance measure lacks vision, accountability, and urgency. There is NO actual target set for reducing the number of people killed on our roads. States are asked to make “significant progress” towards two of four proposed measures, with a margin of error that could see fatality and injury numbers actually increase.

At a time when many local agencies are adopting a “Vision Zero” traffic safety target, and as bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are increasing as a percentage of overall traffic fatalities, we believe FHWA’s proposal is grossly inadequate – and sets a troubling precedent for subsequent national performance management measures on congestion and pavement condition.

We can’t allow our national safety standards to have Zero Vision — please send your comments on the safety performance measure to US DOT today.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/link/target/bikeleague/JbKF27Ec6.aspx

The 2014 Provo Bicycle Carnival

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Much fun was had by the young and young-at-heart at this week’s Provo Bicycle Carnival.

Celebrators enjoyed free popcorn.

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And, played a variety of games…with parachutes and bikes and giant pants…

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Families enjoyed lunch time snacks from Macarollin’, Kona Ice, and Corndog Commander food trucks.

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Bicycle tattoos were all the rage…

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But, probably the biggest hit of all was the Bike Provo t-shirts. They were sprayed in all kinds of colors and designs. Take a look around next time you’re out biking and see if you can spot one of these spray-art shirts.

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Thanks, all, for coming to the very first Provo Bicycle Carnival. Hopefully, we can make this a city tradition. For even more pics, take a look at the BikeProvo Facebook album.

Provo Bicycle Carnival This Saturday (5/17) Food Trucks! Popcorn! Bike Shirts!

 

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Bring your family and friends to celebrate bikes carnival-style! Gather at Exchange Park, just off the Provo River Trail. (Parking is also available).

There will be FOOD TRUCKS (Macarollin’, Kona Ice, Corndog Commander), free popcorn, carnival games, prizes, temporary bicycle tattoos, and much more.

This is the perfect way for the whole family to celebrate bike month. Everyone is invited…so bring your neighbors, friends, kids, roommates…

If you like, bring a plain white t-shirt for an exclusive “Bike Provo” stencil painting to commemorate the day. Here’s a sneak peak:

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When: Saturday. May 17, 2014. 12-2pm

Where: Exchange Park (900 N. 750 W.)

More info: Facebook event

You Seriously Don’t Want to Miss Provo’s Bike Prom on Friday!

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Okay, guys, here’s the hard sell: this Friday’s Provo Bike Prom will be a weirdly magical night, the memories of which will be told throughout our neighborhoods for decades to come. And you can be a part of it.

What do bow ties, flowers, and bike pumps have in common? The Bike Prom! Ask a date, your spouse, or friends to Provo City’s first Bike Prom at the Provo Rec Center. bikeprom

Take a leisurely ride together through Provo to visit some local iconic sites. Then finish the night with dancing, a DJ, desserts, mocktails, and a free photo booth (ages 16+…including college students, grown-ups, in-love grandparents, etc.).

Need babysitting? Kids Club available for children ages 4-12 during the event, no additional cost.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. To sign up click here or visit provo.org/signup. Meet at Kiwanis Park (820 N 1100 E)  6:00pm for a stylish ride around town. Dance 8-10 at the Provo Rec Center (320 W 500 N) for ages 16+.

More event details on the Mayor’s blog.

Golden Spoke Award Winner (Spring 2014): David Harding

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The Provo Bicycle Committee is pleased to announce the recipient of the third annual Golden Spoke Award. The award is presented to a Provo cyclist who exhibits a commitment to bicycling on a daily basis all year around. It is called the Golden Spoke because each bicyclist is like a spoke in a wheel that helps make Provo a more bicycle friendly community. Each of us can advocate for bikes, more bike-friendly complete streets, bike lanes and trails, and most importantly each of us can bike wherever and whenever possible. Starting this year, the Provo Bicycle Committee will present this award twice a year–once at this event each spring, and once in the late fall at a city council meeting.

This year’s recipient of the Golden Spoke Award is David Harding.

When David, his wife Julia, and their children decided to move to Provo eight years ago, there was one variable on David’s list of house-hunting criteria that should be a priority for any one relocating: he wanted to find a house within a reasonable distance of his place of employment so that he could bicycle to work. That distance is different for each person, but for David it is 6 miles from his home in the Dixon Neighborhood to his work near University Parkway and Geneva Road. On his road or mt. bike, David commutes to work by bicycle year-round despite the absence of an ideal bicycle route. Sometimes he rides part way with his two oldest children, who have followed their father’s splendid example and regularly ride to school on the Grandview Hill. David does not just personally walk the walk, or in this case bike the bike, but as the neighborhood chair of the Dixon Neighborhood and especially as a member of the city’s Transportation and Mobility Committee, has publicly sought to make Provo a more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly community. As a key member of that committee, David was an outspoken advocate of the city adopting a robust and ambitious Bicycle Master Plan, which the city council approved in March. We thank him for his example and service both private and public and honor him with the spring 2014 Golden Spoke Award.

Congratulations, David!

We’d like to express appreciation to Canyon Bicycles, Mad Dog Cyclery, and Racer’s Cycle Service for each throwing in some nice swag for this year’s Golden Spoke Award. The Provo Bicycle Collective also threw in a year’s membership. Many thanks!

Reporting from “Roll with the Mayor” Bike-to-Work Day 2014

This morning’s “Roll with the Mayor” Bike-to-Work Day celebration was one of the best yet. If your picture isn’t here, it just may be on the collection of almost 100 snapshots on the Facebook page. Go take a look.

Mayor Curtis and the Provo City Police Department led the way on an upbeat ride around downtown.

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There were bicycles and riders of all kinds…commuter cyclists, kids on their way to school, parents with babies in trailers, college students.

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So many organizations came out to help celebrate. Mad Dog Cycles brought out their team to provide free tuneups, Einsteins bagels and Jamba Juice served up breakfast goodies, UTA and UDOT provided free helmets and bike law guides. Mad Dog and the Bike Collective ran a raffle for a pretty rad bike. And, of course, we had a BikeProvo.org table.

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bike blog fixingMayor Curtis read the annual Bike-to-Work Week proclamation. A huge thanks to everyone with UTA and Provo City (especially Whitney) for organizing this event. Thanks to Mad Dog and all of the other organizations that generously donated their time. And, thanks to our police force (especially the Bike Committee’s favorite officer, Sergeant Crosby) for their efforts to make our streets safer for all modes of transportation.

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Remember, Bike Month isn’t over. There are lots of other swoon-worthy events coming up…including a repair class, Bike Prom, and a Bicycle Carnival. Check out what’s next on the Bike Month Calendar of events.

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Roll With the Mayor for Bike-to-Work Day

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Don’t forget to show up tomorrow morning for a ride with Mayor Curtis, free bike check ups, swag, and a good time before your two-wheeled commute to work.

If you have been looking for a good reason to park your car and take your bike to work – this is it. Grab your family, friends, and neighbors, pedal on over to the Historic County Courthouse, and join Mayor Curtis in all the cycling festivities. The event is from 7:30 am – 9:00 am, and the first 50 participants will receive a free helmet – so get there early!

The activities include:
-Fun Bike Ride (Starts at 8:00 am sharp)
-Drawing for a free bike
-Free food
-Free bike swag
-Free bike tune-ups
-and much more!

See the Roll with the Mayor Facebook event for details.

And, don’t forget about all of the other swoon-worthy bicycle events happening this week.

Provo Bike Month Events All Week!

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May is National Bike Month…and in Provo we celebrate in style. While there will be a lot of reporting on the events on the blog below, please keep clicking on the Bike Month link on the right of the top menu for updates on all of the events.

Want to ride to work with Mayor Curtis? Sip mocktails at Bike Prom? Make a bike t-shirt at the Bike Carnival? You won’t want to miss what we have in store for you this week. So, again, please KEEP CHECKING THE BIKE MONTH LINK!

Also, be sure to share the Bike Month Facebook event with your friends and family. It’s going to be a month to remember.

Moms + Bicycles + Capes

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What better way to celebrate moms than with bikes. This weekend Provo kicked off National Bike Month by holding it’s first Cyclofemme Ride for women of all ages. Way to go, ladies!

Plus, did you catch the Google doodle for Mother’s Day? It featured a cape-wearing mom on a bike. Here’s to all of our moms that have taught us how to ride, bandaged us up when we fell, toted us around in trailers, or been velovixens on their own two wheels!

Bike Utah Alert: Sen. Hatch Attacks Bike Funding & Local Control

The following action alert comes from Phil Sarnoff, Bike Utah Executive Director. The League of American cyclists sent out a similar alert earlier today. If you are concerned about this threat to local control and loss of funding for bicycle infrastructure, please TAKE ACTION TODAY OR TOMORROW MORNING by calling Senator Hatch and leaving a message with your thoughts (202-224-5251)..

I know it can be scary to call (I usually take a deep breath and pace around a bit before hand…) but a personal phone call is the best way to reach our elected officials and create change. If you just can’t bring yourself to make the call (it’s okay, friend, I’ve been there too…), then please use this easy form to send an email.

Our quick response to national issues such as this has a direct impact on what we are able to accomplish for Provo.

Subject: Action Needed: Sen. Hatch Attacks Bike Funding & Local Control

Hello Members and Friends,

We need your action TODAY.

According to Capitol Hill news source Politico, in a Finance Committee hearing on the next transportation bill just yesterday, Senator Hatch “lamented that, over the years, the Highway Trust Fund has been used to pay for an increasing array of transportation choices beyond highways, including such things as bike paths.”

In his written statement, Sen. Hatch went even further to sarcastically refer to bike paths as “so-called ‘enhancements.'” His remarks aren’t just idle talk as California Senator Barbara Boxer responded with “Considering what Senator Hatch said – there are some things we think we can move away, and we came up with some good funds to do some interesting things.”

It is expected that this bill will come out on May 8th. With some a high level of certainty, Sen. Hatch has a desire to do away with the Transportation Alternatives Program, which funds many bicycle and pedestrian projects in Utah.

We don’t believe Senator Hatch is reflecting the needs and desires of Utah communities in seeking to do away with the flexibility that allows our communities to fund bicycling and walking projects as we see fit.

Let’s not let Senator Hatch destroy the programs that helped Utah communities become more bike-friendly.

Take action today: Tell Senator Hatch you disagree with his position on transportation alternatives and you believe state and local agencies should have the freedom to make transportation investments where they see fit.

Call Senator Hatch’s Office tonight or early tomorrow: 202-224-5251 If you are unable to get through then please leave a message.

Thank you for your support in this effort.
Sincerely,
Phil Sarnoff
Executive Director
BikeUtah.org