Austin Taylor

About Austin Taylor

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.

Provo Bicycle Collective Gives 90 Bikes for Bike to School Week

From Provo Bicycle Collective:

“When the school district asked us to participate in Bike to School Week this year, we went all in. Provo Bicycle Collective originally promised 75 bikes to local elementary schools, but the requests kept coming after that, until we reached 90 bikes.

Why did we promise this? Because every kid deserves a bike. Most of us remember our first bike as a child because it gave us freedom; freedom to explore at the speed of discovery. Every child deserves this feeling.

This week, most of those bikes were given out to children who didn’t already own a bike. To say they were thrilled is an understatement. I’ll let this photo do the talking from here.

If you’ve ever volunteered with us, know that you played a huge part in this. All giveaway bikes are refurbished by volunteers like you. We can’t thank you enough! See more photos of these kids here and don’t forget to share!

If you’d like to ensure all kids get a bike, regardless of family income, donate today!Just $50 gives a bike to a kid in need!”

Mayor Kaufusi Presents at Move Utah Summit

On September 26, 2018 Mayor Kaufusi sat on a panel of mayors and county comissioners that talked about their successes in promoting active transportation. Mayor Kaufusi showed this great video about UVX.

Kaufusi noted that UVX ridership has increased by 400% since BYU’s fall semester started. Over 9,000 people rode it to the BYU football game right before the summit!

She then doubled-down on her support of active transportation:

“Get people out of their cars!”

“Doubters will doubt no matter what. I love BRT!”

“I am a huge advocate for active transportation.”

The High Cost of Free Parking

Yesterday Donald Shoup (aka Shoup Dogg) came to the Salt Lake Valley to speak about our current parking issues and how we can solve them.

Shoup suggests two main things:

  1. Abolish minimum parking requirements
  2. Charge the right price for parking
He argues that if cities can do these two things, there will be enough parking where people need it; not too little where they want it and too much where it’s not needed.
See this wonderful video to learn more! If you want to get really nerdy, buy his book with the same title.

Docuseries by Provo filmmaker highlights lifelong biker

Created by Brad Barber, a longtime bike rider and university professor in Provo, UT.

What is it that ties us to the state where we currently live and adopt it as the one we’re “from”? How does living in our states define us? States of America is a series of short documentaries–one from each of our 50 states–that ask these questions by featuring everyday people as diverse as the landscape in the places they call home. This is a story of Rhode Island.

Jack is a native of Rhode Island and has called the Ocean State his home for all 82 years of his life. He is a volunteer meal deliverer for Meals on Wheels and a tour guide with the Providence Preservation Society. Jack believes that the people you spend your life with have the greatest potential to inspire you.

*States of America is created and produced by Brad Barber
*Rhode Island is directed and shot by Brad Barber, edited by Kelton Davis, with music by Micah Dahl Anderson. Title design by Brian Turley and Mark T. Lewis.

 

BYU makes steps to become more bike-friendly

Recently, BYU launched bike.byu.edu, a website that informs students, faculty, and staff of  how to stay safe and have fun while riding your bike to, from, and on campus.

The site lists suggested routes to and from campus, ways to keep your bike in good shape, and even ways to get involved in bike advocacy.

Check out the website right now!

BYU has taken a very promising step forward and we hope that it will continue to do so!

Provo Public Staff Woke to Urbanization

You’re gonna love this.

Mountainland Association of Governments held a transportation summit a few months ago at which they asked public employees their opinions on transportation issues. The central valley staff (Orem/Provo/Springville) showed that they are much more accepting of density and urbanization than those in surrounding cities.

Of note: our staff stated that they welcome toll roads, free public transit, and quickening the pace of bike lane implementation as part of future transportation improvements.

Keep this forward momentum going by following our posts and acting when invited!

Save TIGER Funding for Biking and Walking

Funding for the TIGER program–which funds biking and walking infrastructure–is being debated in congress right now. If fully funded, this program will fund project like the pedestrian bridge over 600 S in Provo that connects to UTA’s central station.

We need this money set aside for active transportation projects or else it will be swallowed up in the vast sums of money that go to highway and road widening projects.

Please take action here now!

2018 Mobile Active Transportation Tour a Success

On Tuesday, June 26, a group of interested people hopped on their bikes to join Bike Provo activists on an active transportation tour throughout the city. On the tour, we examined current biking and walking infrastructure, visualized planned infrastructure, and talked about improvements that could be made.

Thank you to all who attended! We hope to do this again next year.