Utah Clear the Air Challenge Starts July 1st

clear airHere’s an important announcement from Utah’s Clear the Air Challenge. Air quality matter to all of us, particularly since inversion can trap bad air in the valley. Let’s show everyone what Provo can do!

July 1 – 31

The Clear the Air Challenge is nearly upon us! This statewide Challenge begins on Tuesday, July 1. Remember, it’s all about driving smarter and driving less.

If you haven’t, now is the time to make sure you are all registered in our new tracker system. Our new tracker can be found at www.cleartheairchallenge.org.

To make things simple, you can register with your Facebook account. Also remember to join a team! Get your business, coworkers, friends and family engaged in the Challenge to see who can save the most miles driven. If you need help in setting up a team, please contact tracker@ppbh.com.

Starting Tuesday, we want to see you taking public transit, carpooling, biking and walking to help clear the air. We’d love to see what you’re doing on social media, so don’t forget the hashtag #ClearTheAir.

And if you’re active in tracking your miles saved, you have a chance to win some great prizes!

If you have any other questions, concerns or comments about the Clear the Air Challenge, feel free to reach out to us! Ben Hoyle | 801.328.5056 | bhoyle@slchamber.com

New Provo Bicycle Lanes This Summer

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“If we build them, people will come … and bicycle”

At the last monthly Provo Bicycle Committee meeting, the city engineering informed us what roads would be blessed with bicycle facility improvements this summer. Most are the result of road repaving projects and correspond to what is called for by the city’s newly adopted Bicycle Master Plan. Here is the list:

РBike lanes have already been painted in on 600 South (from 1600 W to 1100 W) and on 1100 W (from 600 S to 1560 S)

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– Bike lanes are likely to be painted in on 1150 South (from 1600 W and 1100 W) pending a decision about removing some on-street parking

– Bike lanes on Canyon Rd (from Foothill to University Ave)

– Marked road shareway on 2320 North (from 2200 N to Timpview Dr) and 2230 North (from University Ave to Canyon Rd)

– Bike lanes on 2230 North (from Canyon to 2320 N)

– Bike lanes on 2200 North (from N Temple to 2300 N)

– Even though road work is taking place on 900 East, bicycle improvements will wait until BRT construction begins

– Roadwork will occur on Freedom Boulevard this summer (from 200 N to Bulldog) but there is no room for lanes. The Committee has proposed putting lanes in on 100 West (from 800 N to Center) where there is plenty of width so on-street parking would not be impacted.

That’s it. Enjoy the ride–it will be safer and more pleasant thanks to Engineering and the efforts of the Committee.

Post by Aaron Skabelund, Chair of the Provo Bicycle Committee. Thanks to Joli for the new lane photography.

Free Bicycle Valet at the June Rooftop Concert

The Provo Rooftop Concert is the place to be tomorrow night (Friday, June 6th). Take a look at the incredible line up featuring We Are the Strike, Van Lady Love, and Cory Mon.

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What is the best way to get to the Rooftop Concerts? By bike, of course. Ride on down to the bicycle valet (just West of the rooftop), and your bicycle will be safe and secure – watched over by volunteers from the Provo Bicycle Collective and Provo Bicycle Committee. No cost for the concert. No cost for the bike valet.

Plus, be sure to pick up your free BikeProvo.org wallet card while you’re there. Tape it to your mirror, put it in your wallet, or ride with it in your spokes to remind you that today is the perfect day for a ride. See you at the concert!

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Let’s Get Provo Companies Recognized as Bicycle-Friendly Businesses


Can you do us a favor right now: reach out to a Provo company you know and ask them to check out this post and fill out the League of American Cyclist’s application to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business by Thursday, June 12th?

Talk to your boss, message the company on Facebook, or mention it when you stop by the office. All the company has to do is fill out a form online. Easy, peasy. An hour or two of collecting information and filling out the application form, and a Provo company is on its way to receiving recognition.

Why would a Provo company want to fill out the form? There are a lot of good reasons:

– Being recognized as Bicycle-Friendly Business puts companies in the spotlight. Positive recognition from this national organization lets everyone know what a good place your company is to work. It can be used to attract future employees, distinguish yourself from competitors, and showcase your commitment to a positive workplace culture. If you receive recognition, your company will be given an award from the League of American Bicyclists, they’ll put out a formal national press release for you, and you will be profiled on the League website as well as an annual publication of winners.

– If you simply fill out the form, the League of American Cyclists will return the favor by providing you with personalized feedback and suggestions for how to become even more bicycle friendly. You certainly aren’t obligated to jump on their suggestions, but the feedback can help you learn what other companies are doing and get some ideas for the future.

– Recognition will help you become a part of Provo’s growing bicycle culture. Provo is becoming significantly more bicycle-friendly and more employees are looking for jobs that make it easy for them to bike to work. We’ll feature newly minted Bicycle-Friendly Businesses here on BikeProvo.org and on our Facebook page.

– It’s totally free. Just filling out a form can lead to free advertising, free feedback, free good will.

Please, get started now. You can check out this PDF preview application if you want to see what you’ll be asked first. (Also, when you’re asked if your business is located in a Bicycle-Friendly Community…if your business is in Provo, the answer is “yes”!)