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.

Provo Bicycle Committee Member Writes Senior Thesis on Bicycle Advocacy

Hey all,

Austin Taylor here.

I’ve written something I think you all will enjoy.

This week, I graduate from BYU. Since my senior thesis is about bicycle advocacy, I thought I would share it with you all. It focuses on how the quality of our communication makes all the difference in advocacy. My paper contains thoughts from my own experience and from urbanists like Jane Jacobs, Janette Sadik-Khan, and Mikael Colville-Anderson. Because of the type of person you, as a reader of BikeProvo.org, probably are–engaged, involved, maybe even WOKE–the paper will contain strategies that you can immediately apply in your own activism.

After 193 college credits, two majors, and two minors, I’ve finally graduated. I’m surprised it only took four years. Thank you to my mentors along the way like Dr. Aaron Skabelund of the history department, Dr. Brough and Dr. Coleman of the percussion studio, and Dr. Shumway of Latin American Studies. Thanks also to my wife who has let me be a workaholic for the duration of our marriage so far.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this paper!