The seventh annual Utah Bike Summit will be held Friday, April 10, and will gather citizens, riders, bicycle advocates, government officials, tourism and health representatives, and Utah’s bike brands to discuss, plan, and promote efforts to make Utah the most bike-friendly state in the country. The Summit will take place at the Provo Library at Academy Square (go, Provo!) and is open to the public, regardless of where, how, and why you ride.
This year’s keynote speaker is Gary Fisher, Founding Father of the Mountain Bike. Gary is a dedicated bicycle advocate and responsible for laying the early foundations for mountain biking. He is credited with developing some of the greatest innovations, including drum brakes, triple chainrings, motorcycle-style brake levers and 29 inch wheels. Gary is a longtime bicycle advocate and works to inspire people to get out and ride.
In addition to the keynote address, the Summit program will include presentations addressing topics relevant to people who ride bicycles for both transportation and recreation. The afternoon agenda is packed with breakout sessions looking at topics varying from making bicycling an equitable transportation choice to e-bikes, promoting bicycle safety, and creating a bicycle friendly ecosystem. A post-summit reception closes out the day’s activities at The Underground Social Hall.
More information about the Utah Bike Summit and how to register can be found at www.bikeutah.org/2015summit.
Provo bicyclists have Douglas Crow in their thoughts today, a father and BYU employee who was killed while riding his bicycle to work a year ago. Wishing the Crow family peace during this difficult anniversary and encouraging everyone to be aware of cyclists while driving in Provo (and everywhere else).
A memorial Ghost Bike is still found on the fence near the FrontRunner crossing near 700 W. and 600 S. Thank you to Kent Sanchez for arranging the Ghost Bike a year ago and for the video.
Ghost Bike – Going to Location. Tri. from kent sanchez on Vimeo.
The comment period for the Provo-Orem Bus Rapid Transit Environmental Assessment is over today.
Please take a look at what the project proposes and email your comments to the project team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is our last chance to comment in favor of features like bike lanes (or at least sharrows) on University Ave, HAWK signals for pedestrians, improving the University Parkway multi-use trail, etc.
Need some help generating ideas? Take a look at what I sent the project team below:
In response to the BRT environmental assessment document, I would like to request the following:
– Please consider bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure throughout the project.
– Bicycle lanes on University Ave. would connect students to downtown and to the FrontRunner. This would make University Ave. a national example of a Complete Street and would put our city on the map as far as being transit-oriented, walkable, and bikable. Bike lanes are possible by removing only a few parking spaces. Realize that people riding bicycles are currently able to take advantage of a wide shoulder. When the shoulder is eliminated, bikes will be pushed out into traffic. If bike lanes are absolutely impossible, please ensure that there are bike sharrows and “Share the Road” signage to encourage safety.
– At many non-signalized crossings, pedestrians find crossing the street particularly dangerous. Please consider adding HAWK crossings at all non-signalized crosswalks along the route.
– The multi-use path on University Parkway is a good example of the type of infrastructure choices we need to offer residents. Please make sure that the path is not compromised by the expansion of the road. Where possible, please take into account measures to improve the path’s safety and lighting.
Overall, I believe the BRT project will be a major improvement to our community. Thank you for your dedication to this cause.
For the last few years, the Provo Bicycle Collective has been an essential part of the local bicycling community. They’ve orchestrated free bicycle parking at the Farmer’s market, gone into our schools to help K-12 students build their own bikes, provided workshops for beginning cyclists, and (of course) offered a non-profit workshop for hundreds of residents to repair or build bicycles.
But, they need our help.
The collective is run by volunteers, receives no government funding, and is able to keep their doors open through donations from their patrons. However, the winter can be a particularly hard time for the little shop to survive. Can we all pitch in and donate what we can to help them keep providing these needful services to the community? We love these guys…they’ve done so much for Provo so let’s show them that we care!
Please make a donation on their GoFundMe page and spread the word.
Video thanks to Trevor Christensen.