Bike Advocacy Success Story: New Business Racks

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During the monthly Bike Committee meetings, we take a few minutes for people to share their “little wins” in advocating for a more bicycle friendly community. During the next few months, we’d like to share a few if these stories on the blog. This one comes from Clancy Black:

Our office is located at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. I take the train and bike from Provo to get here. The office building does not have a bike rack, and I prefer not to leave my bike at the station all day, so I have always brought my bike inside our office. The building manager recently asked me not to do that due to the mess and that it looks “unprofessional”. Her suggestion was that I chain it to a tree outside instead. I explained that by being careful I can reduce most of the mess (don’t lean against wall, carry in hallway, etc.) and that chaining it to a tree outside looks much less professional than storing the bike inside. Anyway, after a few discussions back and forth and after I reached out to the building owner they finally relented and agreed to install a bike rack outside the building. It will be finished this week and you can bet I will be the first to use it.

This is just a small example of how being vocal about how to effectively accommodate cyclists can lead to small change. The building manager will be sending out a memo to all tenants about the bike rack, which will hopefully encourage others to use it and begin biking to work!

Great work, Clancy! If you have a story about your own advocacy to share (encouraging neighbors to ride, helping a business be more bike-friendly, working with a local official…just about anything), please feel free to share it by sending an email to: bikeprovo@gmail.com.

Let’s Talk Trails: October’s Provo Bike Commitee Meeting

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Hello! Hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful autumn bicycling weather.

The last Rooftop Concert is this Friday (October 3rd)! If you are interested in volunteering at the bike valet, please contact Heather Skabelund at hskabby@gmail.com.

Our monthly bicycle committee meeting will be this Thursday, October 2, from 5-6 pm at our usual location, the Community Oriented Policing building at 48 North 300 West, just west of the Convention Center.

If you have never attended a meeting, this would be a great one to start with: Jim Price, the trail guru at Mountainlands Association of Governments (the Utah County regional planning agency) who is probably the person most responsible for the valley’s wonderful urban trail system (most recently the Murdoch Canal Trail) will be presenting and discussing how Provo can effectively build on its recently approved Bicycle Master Plan to create a truly integrated network of bike lanes and trails.

Other agenda items include:

Sharing time: personal stories of bicycle advocacy during the last month

Update on planning for the Utah Bike Summit 2015 (Friday, April 10, at the Provo Library) with Bike Utah Director, Phil Sarnoff

Will the city apply for immediate UTA paint to improve bicycle connections to Frontrunner (600 S, South Freedom, and 920 W) and bus stops (500 E, Center St, and 1200 E/Birch) this fall?

Final update on bikeway improvement during this year’s road projects (bicycle markings will be painted on north Canyon Road)

Status of proposal to put lanes on 100 West from 800 North south to 100 North

Quick update on 300 South rebuild and University Avenue BRT developments

Brief Bike to School report

Brief report on BYU’s recent improvements and future plans

Status of Slate Canyon bike skills park project and other trails projects?

Proposal for city to create a position of an Active Transportation (transit, walkability, and bikability)

Budget submission to the mayor

Other items

Hope to see you on Thursday!

Bike-In Movie Tonight (September 12, 2014)

ETLooking for some family fun tonight? Tonight’s cool September evening will provide just the right temperature ambiance to the great bicycle scenes of “ET” and his friends racing through a Northern California forest on a refreshing Halloween night.

Don’t miss tonight’s Bike-in-Movie capping off the best ever Bike-to-School Week, and be sure to check out some cool booths before the movie begins in the south end of Kiwanis Park. Movie starts at dusk.

Mayor Announces Provo Bike-to-School Week

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During the most recent Provo City Council meeting, Mayor John Curtis announced Bike-to-School Week and challenged students to ride at least 3 times this week (September 8-13th).

The week kicks off with individual school events and awards, a bike maintenance workshop on Wednesday, and a bike-in movie on Friday. Check out the event flyer to see the details.

Students from the community were invited to accept the Bike-to-School Week proclamation from the Mayor and shake hands with the Provo City Council members. Thanks to these students for representing the Provo bicycling community and working to become the next generation of cyclists.

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