Living Car-free in Provo, Why Bike

Erin and Alan Farnes went car-free in early 2019.

Austin here.

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.

Thanks for reading!

What to do when hit by a driver

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:

  1. Stay calm and move out of the street
  2. Keep the driver there
  3. Call the police and wait for them
  4. Collect the driver’s information and take tons of photos
  5. When the police come, make your voice heard
  6. Seek medical attention ASAP
  7. Start and insurance claim
  8. Call a lawyer

For more in-depth information, Utah Bicycle Lawyers Christensen & Hymas literally wrote the book on dealing with bicycle accidents in Utah and they give it out for free. Check it out!

BikeWalk Provo May Meeting

Thursday, May 2, 5pm, Provo City Community Development Conference Room

Agenda:

  • Education:
    • Madison Daniels of Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance presenting (5-10 minutes)
  • Engineering:
    • Report on Safe Routes connection through Geneva to Provo High (Mary Wade)
  • Enforcement:
    • Center Street Pedestrian Safety (Provo Police Department)
  • Encouragement:
    • Bike month (Kai & Austin Taylor)
    • Car-free in Provo presentation (Erin and Alan Farnes)
    • Bike share (Austin Taylor)
  • Evaluation:
  • Equity:
Don’t forget to bring your bike for the ride afterward!

College Connector Trail Event Report

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!

April BikeWalk Provo Meeting

Meeting Agenda
Thursday, April 4, 5pm
Provo City Community Development Conference Room

  • Bike month (Austin Taylor)
  • 2019 bike infrastructure improvements (Jared Penrod, Provo City Engineering) Final list of projects?
  • Bike share (Austin Taylor)
  • College Connector event: Saturday, April 13, 11 am at Carterville Park, celebration of trail improvements (Aaron Skabelund)
  • Save Dixon Middle School (Mary Wade)
  • Tactical urbanism project idea for Provo? (Chris Wiltsie)
  • Resuming Babes with Babes on Bikes (Mary Wade)

Funding Safe Street Design

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.

Please sign this petition to add your name in support.

Two Major Road Redesigns This Summer: 500 West and Bulldog Boulevard

500 West Redesign
Construction starts in March! 500 West (from 300 S to Bulldog Blvd) will be made safer by controlling left turns, adding bike lanes, and making the curb and gutter less dramatic.

See the full project here.

Bulldog Boulevard Redesign
Construction starts in March! Bulldog Boulevard (From Columbia Lane to Canyon Road) will be made safer by controlling left turns and adding protected bike lanes.

For project updates, please see this page and subscribe to email updates.

Join Us! 800 East Sign Placement Ride

800 East in Joaquin, Provo has been designated a neighborhood bikeway. It’s an ideal north-south connector between Center Street and BYU.

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.