Did you see the news? @Provocitygovernment signed a deal with @zagsterbikeshare to provide 100 bikeshare bikes and 200 @ridespin electric scooters! Please visit the mayor’s blog and comment to show your support! More people on two wheels means more people caring about the safety of our streets and more city officials designing streets for active transportation.

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Now’s your chance to see your art hit the streets of Provo! Help turn 300 W into a neighborhood bikeway by submitting art for our summer tactical urbanism project. Prizes from local bike shops will be awarded to the selected artists, including a 1-year membership to @provobicyclecollective, which includes unlimited access to their shop, classes, and discounts. Deadline June 13. Click link in bio for details. #bikeprovo #bikeutah #tacticalurbanism #urbanart

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Open Call for Urban Art! Help Design the 300 W Neighorhood Bikeway Tactical Urbanism Project

The Neighborhoods surrounding 300 W have a vision: turn 300 West between the Frontrunner & the Provo River Trail into a safe, connected bikeway!

Help with the first steps by submitting your art for our tactical urbanism project between 500 North and 300 North, which will be on display for about a month or two. We will also be giving away prizes from local bike shops to the selected artists. This project has 4 elements. View details below and then click the button to submit your art:

  • This contest is to design the artwork that will be painted directly on the street on 300 West to calm traffic and make the street safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. The art will be featured as a part of a temporary “tactical urbanism” project permitted by the city for several weeks.
  • Review the art locations below and download the artist template of your choice. Sketch and color your idea in the red outlined shapes. (You can also freehand it; the templates are just to help you visualize the area). Multiple submissions are permitted / encouraged. Have fun with it!
  • Take a scan or photo of your template and submit it using the form on this page.
  • All submissions are due by July 13th.
  • If your artwork is selected, BikeWalk Provo will supply all the paint and tools needed to bring it to life on the street. We’ll also bring volunteers. You will need to be available to participate / direct the project in late July.
  • If your artwork is selected, you will also receive a prize from a local bike shop.

#1: 500 North curb extensions.This element will involve 1 pair of curb extensions on the east and west sides of the intersection just south of the rec center. At their widest, the extensions will be about 10 feet. The city has already agreed to make these extensions permanent after the demonstration, though they will paint official white diagonal stripes for visibility over the demonstration. So if your artwork happens to incorporate those kinds of stripes to begin with, you may have a shot at your work remaining as-is!

#2: 300 North curb extensions. This element will involve 2 pairs of curb extensions on 300 N. At their widest, they will extend about 10 feet. Whether this element will become a permanent adoption will depend on its measured success during the demonstration, though the artwork will likely be washed off at the end of the demonstration.

#3: 300 North mini roundabout. See above photo. This element will involve a mini roundabout similarly sized to the one on 200 N 200 E. You’ll have about 16 feet in diameter to work with. Whether this element will become a permanent adoption will depend on its measured success during the demonstration, though the artwork will likely be washed off at the end of the demonstration.

#4: Sharrows: we do not need any artwork for this element. The city will install these, which will be a permanent addition to the bikeway.

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Get inspired by past tactical urbanism projects:

Mountainlands Association of Governments, our regional planning agency, is hosting a public open house for Transplan50 (their long-range transportation plan) TOMORROW, Wednesday June 19 at 4:00pm at their office (586 E 800 N, Orem). We encourage you to attend and voice your support for streets that make it safe to bike and walk.

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Phil Sarnoff’s Presentation on Provo’s Path to a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community

Phil Sarnoff, executive director of Bike Utah, came to our June 2019 meeting to present on steps Provo can take to help reach gold-level status as a Bicycle Friendly Community. Be sure to take a few minutes to check out the presentation here. You can also view the livestreamed video of the meeting below:

A few highlights include:

  • Infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure: We need to continue efforts to provide a robust, connected network that allows all users (ages 8 to 88) to move comfortably around the city by bicycle.
  • Data: Bicycle counters can help decision-makers become more aware of the bicycle usage streets are experiencing to justify the money spent on facilities.
  • Strava: If you don’t use Strava yet to track your bike trips, we recommend starting now! Cities have access to the data to help them see where people are riding to further encourage funding active transportation.
  • Safe Routes to School: Help schools become aware of the Safe Routes Utah grant (deadline coming up to apply by July 19) and of bike safety education opportunities.

Be sure to come to or tune in for our July meeting, which will be on July 11th at 5 pm at Community Development.