At a recent BicycleÂ Committee Meeting OfficerÂ Crosby made it very clear that the blame for rape is 100% with the perpetrator and that women should feel safe using the trail.
At the same time, thereâ€™s a lot that the community can do to encourage use of the trail and make it a safer place for everyone. The Provo River Trail is such an amazing resource in our community (what other city has a scenic, car-free trail that can take people all over the city â€“ from the Lake, to the airport, up into the canyon). We think the trail is worth fighting for.Â
Hereâ€™s what has already been done to keep the Provo River Trail safe:
- The Bike Committee worked with Provo Parks and Rec to have way finding signs posted so that trail users can know where they are and emergency responders can get to a scene faster.
- Parks and Rec added lights to the tunnel for night-time safety
- The Provo Police Department has started a â€œTake 10â€ program asking every officer to patrol the trail on foot for ten minutes of every shift.
- Many groups have worked to raise awareness: the Mayor blogged about the trail, the Police Department distributed trail safety fliers to nearby residents, and the Provo Bicycle Collective hosted a Safety Awareness Ride.
Hereâ€™s what is going to be done to keep the Provo River Trail safe:
- Provo City is forming citizen patrol to watch over the trail by bicycle.
- The Provo Police Department is selecting officers for a bike-only patrol.
- New â€œSee something? Say somethingâ€ signs are being posted throughout the trail urging people to report suspicious behavior to a non-emergency number.
- A Take Back the Night march and vigil is being planned for early April.
- The Provo Bicycle Committee is working to encourage greater trail use. The more of us that use the trail, the safer it will be for all of us.
Hereâ€™s what you can do to keep the Provo River Trail Safe:
- Sign up to volunteer as a member of the citizen patrol. The training is only a couple of hours and you can patrol at times that fit your schedule. Many bike patrol participants will only be patrolling once a month or so. For more information see the training event on the Fans of the Provo River Path Facebook Page or contact Officer Bascom: firstname.lastname@example.org or (801) 852-7288.
- Come to the Take Back the Night march in April (details will be posted on the blog soon).
- Use the Provo River Trail as much as possible. Encourage your friends to get out and enjoy the trail.
- Know of a friend or family member that plans to ride alone? Be a buddy and join them on the trail.
- Get involved in making Provo a safer place to ride a bike by following us on Facebook and coming to the Provo Bicycle Committee meetings (the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 5 pm, 351 W. Center Street in the council offices upstairs).