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Provo Bicycle Collective Forms Partnership With Local LDS Service Agencies

From Bicyclecollective.org:

 

“Provo Bicycle Collective is proud to announce  newly-formed partnerships with Deseret Industries, LDS Employment Center, and BYU English Language Center through which we hope to provide dozens of free bikes to people in need each year.

Our partnership allows Deseret Industries to recommend their associates and welfare clients to our shop for a free Goodwill Bike – donated bicycles refurbished by PBC volunteers. In 2016, Bicycle Collective gave away 1,436 Goodwill Bikes.

About Deseret Industries and LDS Employment Center:

Deseret Industries is a nonprofit thrift store and donation center that is

devoted to training and educating individuals to prepare them for the

workforce. In 2016, they served 15,597 hired associates and gave away

nearly 7 million pounds of clothing and shoes in humanitarian aid

About BYU English Language Center:

As a lab school, the English Language Center supports BYU’s

Department of Linguistics and English Language by facilitating the

teaching, learning, and research of English as a second language.

Our hope is that their clients will use these bikes to meet daily transportation needs; riding to work, shopping for groceries, and meeting appointments.

Bicycle Collective is always in need of money and bike donations and willing volunteers to repair bikes for giveaway. Interested donors and volunteers can find out how to get involved Bicyclecollective.org.”

Provo Bicycle Collective Forms New Partnership

From BicycleCollective.org:

“Provo Bicycle Collective is proud to announce a newly-formed partnership with Utah Community and Refugee Partnership Center (UCRPC), through which we hope to provide dozens of free bikes to refugees each year.

UCRPC is non-profit organization that is devoted to motivate, empower, enlighten and transform refugees’ life through education.  Their mission is to provide the education, orientation and support refugees need to become self-sufficient members of society.

Our partnership allows UCRCP to recommend their clients to our shop for a free Goodwill Bike – donated bicycles refurbished by PBC volunteers.  In 2016, Bicycle Collective gave away 1,436 Goodwill Bikes.

Our hope is that their clients will use these bikes to meet daily transportation needs; riding to work, shopping for groceries, and meeting appointments.

Bicycle Collective is always in need of money and bike donations and willing volunteers to repair bikes for giveaway.  Interested donors and volunteers can find out how to get involved Bicyclecollective.org.”

Provo Bicycle Collective Gives Away 31 Bikes for Bike to School Week

From Provo Bicycle Collective:

“Provo Bicycle Collective is proud to announce its gift of 27 bikes to Timpanogos Elementary, 2 bikes to Dixon Middle and 2 bikes to Provo High during Provo’s Bike to School week.  Our hope is that these bikes will be given to children who could not otherwise afford one so they too can ride their bikes to school.

These bikes came to Provo Bicycle Collective donated, were refurbished by volunteers, and safety checked by our trained mechanics.  We are always looking for worthy organizations to give bikes to and interested volunteers to fix bikes with us.  Contact provo@bicyclecollective.org with any questions.”


Provo Bicycle Collective named Provo’s only Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Business

Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Provo Bicycle Collective with a Gold Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM (BFBSM) award, joining nearly 1,400 visionary businesses across the country.
With the announcement of 60 new and renewing BFBs today, Provo Bicycle Collective joins a cutting-edge group of 1,367 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies in all 50 states and Washington, DC, that are transforming the American workplace.

“The League of American Bicyclists is excited to recognize this latest group of new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses for making their workplaces and their communities safer, happier, healthier, and more sustainable through bicycling,” said Amelia Neptune, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. “We applaud these businesses, including Provo Bicycle Collective, for leading the charge in creating a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

Encouraging employees to ride their bikes to work has boosted productivity by ensuring that each staff member arrives fully awake, energized, and ready for the day. Provo Bicycle Collective encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities such as indoor bike parking and incentives such as access to employee pricing on bike goods for employees.

Moving forward, Provo Bicycle Collective will have access to a variety of tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When our employees bike, great things happen: the need for onsite parking decreases, productivity increases, and our carbon footprint greatly decreases.

To apply or learn more about the BFB program, visit the League online at www.bikeleague.org/business.

About the Bicycle Friendly America Program

To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, including the Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly Business, and Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM programs.visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA.
The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.

Provo Police Department Awarded Golden Spoke Bicycle Commuter Award

Each year, Provo Bicycle Committee chooses a dedicated commuter cyclist to give the Golden Spoke award to.  This year, we decided to honor those who keep the streets safe; Provo Police Department’s Bike Patrol Team.  The presentation was made during the Provo City Council meeting on August 29, 2017.  It starts at around 20:00 in the video below:

Utah County Health Department Named a Bicycle-Friendly Business

By Melissa Porter, Health Promotions Division, Utah County Health Department

The League of American Bicyclists has designated the Utah County Health Department as a Bronze-level  Bicycle Friendly Business. The application is very well put together and easy to fill out. The employees at the League of American Bicyclist were very helpful. Per my request they sent me an example of another county health office application from a previous year. The application example was helpful when filling out the  application. The League employees are more than willing to answer my questions.

When we were named a BFB, the League provided us with feedback that is very detailed and specific to our organization. The Health Department is proud to be Provo’s second BFB, and our goal is become a Silver-level BFB within the next four years.

Being a bicycle friendly business means that we are working toward a more welcoming atmosphere for bicycling employees, customers and other residents of Provo. It also means helping our communities be safer, happier, healthier and more sustainable through bicycling. For more information please visit the League of American Bicyclist website: http://bikeleague.org/business

Thoughts on Our Bike-Friendly City

In my work at Bicycle Collective, I’ve met fellow bicycle advocates throughout the state and heard their experiences biking in their respective cities.

Just in the past month I’ve heard horror stories from a friend in Ogden about having glass bottles thrown at her from a vehicle whizzing past.  I’ve heard from dozens of mountain biking enthusiasts in the Salt Lake area who have had their $3,000+ bikes stolen from their garages.

No, Provo is not immune to these sorts of problems; it has its fair share, but I’d like to offer a positive outlook from personal experience.  Though we have much to improve, Provo is a bike-friendly city.

I’ve bike commuted since 2012 and have seen the worst of it; cyclists speeding toward me head-on riding the wrong way in the bike lane, inattentive drivers swerving into my travel area, and that guy in the lifted pickup who laughs as he drives past you, rolling coal all the way.  We’ve all had one too many encounter with that guy.

But while completing my annual post-finals century ride around Utah Lake last week, I was more than pleasantly surprise to not have even one negative encounter with a motorist.  Keep in mind this includes suburban sprawl like Eagle Mountain and tiny farming towns like Elberta, typically seen as bicycle un-friendly.

While riding, I reflected on my past two years of bike commuting in Provo and tried to recall any sour memories, but I couldn’t!  In fact, since returning from my mission in 2015, I haven’t had a single negative experience with a motorist that was caused intentionally.

Some may think it’s just luck, but I believe that our presence, as normal people who choose to transport ourselves bike, is noticed and respected.  Thanks to the incredible support from local agencies like Provo City, Provo Bicycle Committee, and my fellow staff and all our 400+ volunteers at Provo Bicycle Collective who jointly push for bike safety and even dedicate a whole month to celebrating cycling, biking to and fro has never been safer or more fun.

Take a ride around the city today and realize what a great place we live in.  Yes, Provo has shortcomings to overcome before becoming a model city, but it is a bicycle-friendly city and becoming more so each day.

 

Austin Taylor

Residents Love Provo’s First Bicycle-Friendly Intersection

As the final touches of landscaping and paint our applied along 300 South the past few weeks, Provo’s first bicycle-friendly intersection at 200 East/300 South is getting rave reviews. Here is one from from Tony Dittmer of the Maeser Neighborhood, who lives just north of 300 South:

“I work up in Lehi and take the FrontRunner when I bike to work. In the past crossing 300 South has been such a pain. Recently UDOT installed a new bicycle signal at 300 South and 200 East. I love this intersection. I have often looked for paths that were less busy for biking. I prefer not to ride close to heavy traffic. In the past I would have to ride on the shoulder or University Avenue until I passed 300 South, but now thanks to this signal I have a very mellow commute home.

Photos courtesy of Karen Tapahe

200 East has very light traffic and there are signs when you get to the intersection to take the lane. When approaching the intersection you pull into two curbs in the middle of the intersection where there is a friendly sensor and bicycle traffic signal and you don’t have to wait long before it changes and let’s you go right through and across 300 South. Crossing 300 South used to so dangerous, but not now thanks to this signal. The new bike lanes along around 300 South are also very welcome. I love Provo and the steps we are taking to make it better.”

Utah County Health Department Adds New Covered Bike Racks

The Utah County Health Department now has covered bike racks!! The bike racks were donated by Utah Transit Authority (UTA). They are being used by department employees and visitors to the county offices.

When Melissa Porter, a department health educator and member of the Provo Bicycle Committee, noticed the current bike racks were only available outside, with nothing protecting them from rain, snow and ice, she began her quest to install bike racks in the parking garage located east of the Health Department building.

Melissa worked with Brady Christensen, Building and Grounds Division Manager, to identify a location and to install the bike racks. She also designed wayfinding signs. Melissa said, “Signs are key to letting people know you have bike racks available. We hope this will encourage employees to bike to work.”

The bike racks are being promoted through the employee email system, the county newsletter, and through their Facebook page.

On February 23 , 2017, Melissa and her co-workers had a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the racks for use. “It was a lot of fun using the big scissors,” Melissa exclaimed.


Great work, Melissa!

Provo Bicycle Collective announces Youth Summer Camps

 

Because of the popularity of PBC’s Earn-a-Bike program, they’ve decided to launch a new camp for youth ages 6-18.

 

“Provo Bicycle Collective is excited to announce a summer full of programs designed to help youth learn problem-solving, safe riding, and bicycle mechanic skills!

Bike School is a week-long day camp designed to teach youth safe bike riding and basic bike mechanics through hands-on experience. They experience everything from fixing a flat, to learning how to ride safely to school, to riding their bike on the Bonneville Shoreline mountain bike trail.

Learning Outcomes:
• Fix common mechanical issues, fixing a flat tire, adjusting brakes & gears
• Properly use hand brakes and shifters (for older riders)
• Ride courteously on paved trails
• Ride safely and confidently in the road, including using signals and lights
• Securely lock bicycle
• Ride confidently on beginner mountain bike trails

 

Learn more or register for either program here!”