As Bike Provo's communications director, Austin is in charge of communicating Bike Provo's messaging to the public. Professionally, Austin Taylor began working for Bicycle Collective in 2015 and quickly became Provo's first location director. He's been key in growing Provo Bicycle Collective; giving away nearly 200 more bikes, creating several jobs, and increasing revenues by 300% within in his first year. He is the founder of Provo's Earn-a-Bike program, Jr. Mechanics Certification program, and Goodwill Bikes program. Austin's goal is to build Provo Bicycle Collective into an established, recognizable organization with lasting impact. He is currently a full-time student at BYU's Kennedy Center for International Studies and Marriott School of Business studying Latin American Studies and Nonprofit Management. Austin spends his spare time performing music throughout Utah Valley and cycling with his wife Elise.
According to US Census Bureau, about 15% of all trips to work and school in Provo are done on foot or on bike–the highest percentage in the state by far (the average is 4%). However, our streets are designed primarily for the rapid flow of motor vehicles. Provo needs safe streets designed for people–adults and children, including those with disabilities–walking, biking, and rolling to their destinations.
Our ask is simple–that $100,000 of Provo City’s streets budget be dedicated to small street design changes that make it safer to bike and walk. With the new quarter-cent sales tax increase going to transportation, that will be less than 3% of the current streets budget.
These projects will literally save lives. After 14-year old Caleb Lane was killed walking to the Rec Center, Provo City installed a safe crosswalk that cost about $50,000. $100,000 will allow Provo to do two similar projects per year, this time beforetragedies happen.
In an effort to be more inclusive–and to make it clear we support all active transportation–BikeProvo will soon be called BikeWalk Provo. I’ll soon be redesigning our logo and updating our website and social media pages.
BikeProvo volunteers have created a pathway that connects this route to the King Henry/Centennial/Belmont housing areas. Provo City has painted sharrows along the street. Now it’s time to put up signs to encourage cyclists and drivers to share the road.
Join us as we place “share the road” signage along the new 800 E bikeway in Joaquin, Provo.
We expect the project to take less than an hour, and we’ll ride to a local coffee shop–probably Peace on Earth–for a warm drink afterward.
Meet at the Utah County Historic Courthouse this Saturday, January 26 at 10am and we’ll head over to the 800 E stretch.
Ever noticed how the bike lanes on 500 N end right here–a couple of blocks short of the @provolibrary?
@provocity is considering extending the bike lanes on 500 N from 200 W to 100 E. But we need your help! Please attend this public meeting to voice your support:
Tuesday, January 8, 6:30pm-8pm at the Provo Library
From FastCompany’s “25 simple resolutions you can make to improve your city in 2019” “3. Choose different ways to get around your city. Walk, bike, skateboard, scooter, take public transit, as many times a week as you can.” Check out the full article here: http://bit.ly/2F6c8wr
A giant doughnut could be the key to slowing down cars in front of the Orem Fitness Center.
Painted by a group of volunteers who took to the roads by the Orem Fitness Center on Friday evening with paint and a vision to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, the temporary traffic calming fixtures like the pink doughnut could be used to make Orem roads safer.
Join us for the Provo Bicycle Committee meeting this Thursday, November 8 at 5pm in the Provo City Community Development Conference Room for a presentation by @mayorkaufusi, project updates, and to get involved in advocacy opportunities.
It’s time to put our money where our mouths are. If you believe increased bike-ability will improve Provo, we need your help. We’re raising $500 to affiliate as a 501c3 nonprofit organization. This will allow us to more easily raise money to fund tactical urbanism projects and hire urbanist speakers to train city employees.
We only need $75 more dollars. Will you give for a bike-friendly Provo?