The mayors office asked me to write an essay about why people should bike in Provo. Sadly it didn’t make it into this quarter’s Involved magazine–too many other good things to choose from–but I wanted to make sure it got read.
All of you already know why you should bike but I think you’ll enjoy the story in the beginning of Alan and Erin Farnes who went car-free earlier this year.
Getting hit by a driver while riding a bike can be disorienting and confusing. Your initial reaction might be to get up and say you’re okay or to get in a fight with the driver. However, there is a correct way to approach the situation. The following steps come from CityLab:
Stay calm and move out of the street
Keep the driver there
Call the police and wait for them
Collect the driver’s information and take tons of photos
On Saturday, April 13, UTA hosted an event to celebrate the reopening and improvements of the College Connector trail.
UTA was well-prepared with swag, donuts (covered in green and blue frosting for UVU and BYU, of course!), and gift cards for those who biked the farthest to get to the event, took transit the farthest, etc. BYU’s Cosmo the Cougar and UVU’s Willie the Wolverine also showed up!
Jim Price of Mountainlands Association of Governments and Aaron Skabelund of BikeWalk Provo gave short speeches about the history of the trail and its new improvements. The trail was completed in partnership with UDOT, Provo, Orem, and MAG in the early 2000’s. It now gets about 10,000 riders per month using it, many for commuting purposes. And thanks to UTA’s UVX project, the trail will be even more pleasant for those riders to use. The College Connector trail has been resurfaced in many areas and has improved lighting. If you haven’t ridden it yet, get out there!
According to US Census Bureau, about 15% of all trips to work and school in Provo are done on foot or on bike–the highest percentage in the state by far (the average is 4%). However, our streets are designed primarily for the rapid flow of motor vehicles. Provo needs safe streets designed for people–adults and children, including those with disabilities–walking, biking, and rolling to their destinations.
Our ask is simple–that $100,000 of Provo City’s streets budget be dedicated to small street design changes that make it safer to bike and walk. With the new quarter-cent sales tax increase going to transportation, that will be less than 3% of the current streets budget.
These projects will literally save lives. After 14-year old Caleb Lane was killed walking to the Rec Center, Provo City installed a safe crosswalk that cost about $50,000. $100,000 will allow Provo to do two similar projects per year, this time beforetragedies happen.
In an effort to be more inclusive–and to make it clear we support all active transportation–BikeProvo will soon be called BikeWalk Provo. I’ll soon be redesigning our logo and updating our website and social media pages.
BikeProvo volunteers have created a pathway that connects this route to the King Henry/Centennial/Belmont housing areas. Provo City has painted sharrows along the street. Now it’s time to put up signs to encourage cyclists and drivers to share the road.
Join us as we place “share the road” signage along the new 800 E bikeway in Joaquin, Provo.
We expect the project to take less than an hour, and we’ll ride to a local coffee shop–probably Peace on Earth–for a warm drink afterward.
Meet at the Utah County Historic Courthouse this Saturday, January 26 at 10am and we’ll head over to the 800 E stretch.