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: firstname.lastname@example.org.