This morning’s “Roll with the Mayor” Bike-to-Work Day celebration was one of the best yet. If your picture isn’t here, it just may be on the collection of almost 100 snapshots on the Facebook page. Go take a look.
Mayor Curtis and the Provo City Police Department led the way on an upbeat ride around downtown.
There were bicycles and riders of all kinds…commuter cyclists, kids on their way to school, parents with babies in trailers, college students.
So many organizations came out to help celebrate. Mad Dog Cycles brought out their team to provide free tuneups, Einsteins bagels and Jamba Juice served up breakfast goodies, UTA and UDOT provided free helmets and bike law guides. Mad Dog and the Bike Collective ran a raffle for a pretty rad bike. And, of course, we had a BikeProvo.org table.
Mayor Curtis read the annual Bike-to-Work Week proclamation. A huge thanks to everyone with UTA and Provo City (especially Whitney) for organizing this event. Thanks to Mad Dog and all of the other organizations that generously donated their time. And, thanks to our police force (especially the Bike Committee’s favorite officer, Sergeant Crosby) for their efforts to make our streets safer for all modes of transportation.
Remember, Bike Month isn’t over. There are lots of other swoon-worthy events coming up…including a repair class, Bike Prom, and a Bicycle Carnival. Check out what’s next on the Bike Month Calendar of events.
Don’t forget to show up tomorrow morning for a ride with Mayor Curtis, free bike check ups, swag, and a good time before your two-wheeled commute to work.
If you have been looking for a good reason to park your car and take your bike to work – this is it. Grab your family, friends, and neighbors, pedal on over to the Historic County Courthouse, and join Mayor Curtis in all the cycling festivities. The event is from 7:30 am – 9:00 am, and the first 50 participants will receive a free helmet – so get there early!
The activities include:
-Fun Bike Ride (Starts at 8:00 am sharp)
-Drawing for a free bike
-Free bike swag
-Free bike tune-ups
-and much more!
Ladies of Provo, please join us for a leisurely May ride during our city’s very own Cyclofemme event. Ladies and gentlemen are both invited for a celebratory picnic following the ride.
Cyclofemme is a national ride that started by Sarai Snyder – who, coincidentally, will be speaking at tomorrow’s Bike Utah conference. Take a look at the poster below or the Facebook event for details on the Provo ride.
Bike Committee Meeting (5 pm, Provo City Center council offices 351 W. Center) – Twice a month, a group of Provo bicycling advocates meets to discuss what we can do to make Provo a better place for bikes. So much good has come from these meetings: complete streets policies, the current bike map in the city’s master plan, the new bike plan grant that will eventually result in new lanes throughout the entire city, year-round biking events, and more. Come join us and bring your ideas. Great things are happening in Provo, and you can be a part of it! See the facebook event for additional info.
Bike-In Movie (7:30 pm, 351 e 300 s) – Ride on down for a fun night with new friends. Bring a blanket (and maybe a sweater) and your friends / family to our third-annual bike-in backyard movie. Be a part of a Provo tradition!
The Provo Bicycle Committee is pleased to introduce the first ever Golden Spoke Award at this year’s Bike to Work event. The award is presented to a Provo cyclist who exhibits a commitment to bicycling on a daily basis all year around. It is called the Golden Spoke because each bicyclist is like a spoke in a wheel that helps make Provo a more bicycle friendly community. Each of us can advocate for bikes, more bike-friendly complete streets, bike lanes, and racks, and most importantly each of us can bike wherever and whenever possible. The Provo Bicycle Committee will present this award twice a year–once at this event each spring, and once in the fall at a city council meeting.
Here is some information about this spring’s recipient:
Roxanne Miser finds that her 1995 Schwinn mountain bike, with a basket on the rack, gets her to most places she wants to go around the valley. Living in Provo’s Lakeside neighborhood, she makes almost daily grocery trips to Smiths for produce and other staples, and makes weekly rides out to Wal-Mart and Sunflower Market as well. She is an avid hiker and relies on her bike to get her to the various local trailheads. Most of us who frequent the River Trail have seen Roxanne out for rides with her husband and three blonde boys in tow, the most common destination being BYU’s Creamery. She does avoid days in which the street are icy and snowy, but otherwise rides year round, and doesn’t let a little drizzle get in the way of a grocery run.
Bike Week 2012 is finally here! Come celebrate with us all week long by participating in unique Provo cycling events including a morning ride with Mayor John Curtis, a bike-in movie, a free bike tune-up clinic, bike polo, rides and races, and our kickoff Provelo bicycle picnic (one of many to come this summer).
Click on the flier above or check out our facebook event for more information. We’ll also be posting the details here on bikeprovo.org all week, so keep checking back for updates and photos.
“Ride and Dine” at Mad Dog Cycles at 5:30pm (both locations)