What’s Up with the Provo Bicycle Collective? Earn-a-Bike Program, Detention Center Course, Mechanics 101, and More

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by Heather Skabelund

The Provo Bicycle Collective is aiming to teach bicycle mechanics and maintenance to as many people in our County as possible. Their efforts have expanded in the last year and now include three main education programs.

Bicycle Mechanics 101 is an ongoing class on Tuesday nights at 7PM. Each class lasts 30 minutes and consists of a lecture and demonstration on a specific maintenance skill. Those attending are welcome to stay after to work on their bike or volunteer at the shop.

Earn-A-Bike is bike mechanics course offered for free to anyone ages 6-18. The classes are once a week for 10 weeks. Participants learn self-sufficiency skills including how to change a tire, to adjusting brakes, to taking apart a hub. Adam Khalilullah teaches 10-15 students each week and says, “I get to come here and work with kids after going to [BYU] all day. It’s the best part of my week.” Those who graduate, earn their own bike to take home with them and have skills they’ll keep forever.

At the Slate Canyon Detention Center, three staff members from the Collective teach a 12 week intensive bike mechanics course. The teens that participate receive a free bike voucher when they are released. Austin Taylor, the director of the Provo Collective, is often told that it’s a favorite class: “it’s a good outlet for them to be able to pick up tools and work out things with their hands.”

Learn more about the Provo Bicycle Collective by following their Facebook page here.

Bike-Friendly University Sign Posted at BYU

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by Aaron Skabelund

The prominent placement of this sign that I noticed for the first time on my daily ride to work, noting BYU’s designation by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle-Friendly University, on the main entrance road into campus speaks volumes to the university’s increased valuation of bicycling as well as walking (this road no longer serves as a thoroughfare through what is a now much more pedestrian friendly campus) and transit (evidenced by an expanded shuttle system and the administration’s clear support for a robust mass transit system around BYU).

Yes, BYU can do more but it is headed in the right direction thanks strong, forward-thinking leadership and members of the campus community who are concerned about campus and the wider community and the air we all breath. Let’s celebrate these developments and bike, walk, and make sure we create the best transit system possible with the Provo-Orem Transportation Improvement Project.

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