Bike Laws

Don’t Ban Bicycles on the Provo River Trail

272/365 Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.Recently, some Provo River Trail users have been concerned about speeding bikes and there have even been suggestions to ban bikes on the trail altogether.

Now, the Utah County Commission is considering their options for dealing with complaints about bicyclists (and longboarders) on the trail.

As cyclists, this is very concerning news. The Provo River Trail is a multi-use path that is designed for all types of users…including bike riders. Many families use the path to give their kids an introduction to cycling in a safe environment. Additionally, the path is one of the easiest ways for bike riders to cycle as transportation. The tunnels make it possible for cyclists to get from point A to point B without riding through dangerous intersections. Making off-street trails available to cyclists promotes bicycle culture in the valley, eases traffic problems on city streets, and reduces parking overload at our local businesses.

Instead of banning bikes, let’s work together to think of solutions that keep the trail friendly and welcoming to all users.For example: In dangerous areas, signs could be placed to alert bicyclists to watch their speeds. Notices could mark areas that have tight turns or narrow tunnels. Education from this blog, the city’s website, and the Provo Bicycle Committee can help cyclists develop safe road-sharing skills. Additionally, we could start thinking about the possibility of widening the trail as the number of users grows.

What do you think about the potential bike ban? Share your thoughts by voting in the Daily Herald poll or emailing your brief comments for possible publication:

Creative Commons License photo credit: Mykl Roventine

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  1. Thanks for posting this. I wasn’t aware of the issue.

    Adding speed-bumps is an idea I hadn’t considered. I kind of like it, it would help maintain the speed limit for all trail users (except mountain bike riders? They might love the bumps!). As a casual biker I would have no problem with speed bumps. If I want to ride fast I’m not going to do it on the path anyway, too crowded.

    What would be some disadvantages of speed-bumps? Obviously it would make for a bumpy ride for everyone, would the bumps make the path useless for longboarders?

    I didn’t quite understand the Herald article’s mention of a steel bar used as a gradual brake. Can anyone explain that?

  2. Phil, I’m not use about how speed bumps would affect long boarders either.

    As a cyclist, I suppose I wouldn’t mind them if they were far enough apart. If they were too close, I think I’d be annoyed with the lack of a smooth ride.

  3. A cyclist who wants to go fast could jump to avoid speed bumps making them a waste of taxpayer money time and effort. Longboarders enjoy the miles of riding downhill with almost no effort. Personally I think people should simply pay attention to their surroundings, to others and to blind corners. I don’t think speed should be limited. Just use reason.

    If people insist that something needs to be done, maybe waning signs or a divider between walking lanes and biking/boarding (higher paced) lanes.

    Keep it open and fun for everyone.

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