WOW, Thats About All I Can Say.

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If you have not already heard the City of Blackhawk in Colorado has banned bicycling from many of its roads saying that bicycling is not safe (even though there is a zero fatality record concerning bicycles). The order comes straight from Mayor David Spellmen who holds the title of one of Colorado’s most corrupt public official. This is the same guy who had felony charges put against him for pistol whipping his wife in 2006.

As it was stated on Austin on Two Wheels;”Safety. Yeah. Right. Do you know what the number one cause of accidental deaths in the US is? Cars, not bicycles. Do you know the leading cause of all deaths? Heart disease brought on a sedentary lifestyle that involves driving everywhere you go. If they really cared about the health and well being of their citizens, Black Hawk would ban cars, not bikes.” Here are some numbers to go along with the qoute.

One of the biggest bummers about this is that one of the main streets that has banned bicycles is a major connector for a popular cycle touring route. Getting caught riding a bicycle on any of the banned streets will get you a $68 ticket. If you want to help the city know that this ban is ridiculous here is an email address;

Thank you Provo for letting us ride bicycles and enjoy our beautiful city in any way we see fit.

One S24O in the bag.

The first Provo S24O has come and gone. It was a wonderful and beautiful ride up Provo Canyon to South Fork Canyon and then on to Big Spring Park. Fourteen people in all showed up (even though three of those fourteen showed up really late) but, more on that in a minute.

I left with the 7:20 group from the Riverwoods. We headed up the canyon after getting some supplies at Will’s Pit Stop. The weather was wonderful and the trail was green and beautiful. One of the reasons I love that stretch of the Provo River Trail is the river. It keeps things nice and cool.

(Karl, Chris, and Emma.)

We all got up the canyon feeling good and ready for the climb up South fork. South fork is were things got interesting not necessarily hard or horrible but, we had to work for our secluded camping. To prove that it was not to hard or horrible I present this evidence.

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What Do You Love About Cycling in Provo, Kitchen Designer Erin Flynn?

Have you seen a graceful brown-haired girl pedaling through the downtown area? That’s Erin Flynn.

Erin was recently spotted cycling in the rain at the 2010 Mayor’s Bike-to-Work Day. She has also been helping with cycling advocacy issues as a member of the Provo Bicycle Committee.

She rides her black, single-speed Windsor bike all over town. “It’s a good way to stay healthy and a good alternative to driving,” says Erin. “I feel like it brings people together.”

Tell us what you love about bike riding in Provo! Whether you’re a hard-core mountain biker or a casual cruiser, I’d love to share your story. It takes only a few minutes to snap a picture of you on your bike and ask you two questions: 1. What kind of bike do you ride? 2. What do you love about riding in Provo? See, it’s easy. If you’d like to participate, just send an email to: bikeprovo @ gmail.

Bicycles and Art.

Many have said that bicycle riding is an art. Which I believe to be true. If riding is an art, that would make anyone who knows how to ride an artist. Making patterns and lines with their daily rides all over the canvas that is the city. New riders would be like kids with crayons. Coloring with whatever medium they are given or that they see their friends using. More seasoned riders could be compared to artist that have really found their medium. Honing in their tools (bicycles) and really picking how they will express themselves (route usage). You may be asking, “Why all this heady talk about art and medium etc.?” First, I really want to call my self an artist :). I do not have that quality to take the ride and translate it into something tangible. I even have a hard time explaining to non-cyclists the feelings or ideas I have while riding. Second, I really respect people that can take ideas or images and do something with them. Adam Turman of Minneapolis is one of those people.

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(Bike Camping is the best!)

S24O is a term brought into existence by Rivendell Bicycles. They came up with this acronym to represent overnight bicycle camping trips or S24Os (Sub 24hr Overnighters). I am sure the term bike camping would be more simple but S24O just rolls off the tongue better. The great thing about S24O’s is that they are not 100 mile touring trips, they are not multi day commitments, and they help you get to know your area in the most intimate way possible, by bicycle. The goal of the S24O is to leave home at a decent hour of the evening, ride your bike to a given point, pitch your tent and relax. The next day have yourself some breakfast check out the area a little bit then head home. Ideally you choose locations that are short distances and provide the most amount awesome. These trips can be all asphalt or dirt or a mixture of both. The best thing about them is if you forget something you will not die, and if you did forget something essential (think sleeping bag) you could ride home and sleep comfortably in your bed.

With that info out of the way I will formally announce the first S24O of the summer. This first trip is going to be all asphalt and will be a nice 15 mile ride up the canyon to South Fork. We are going to all ride up and have dinner at the campsite, tell stories, sing songs, or whatever it is that you like to do while camping. YOU WILL HAVE TO PROVIDE ALL YOUR OWN FOOD AND GEAR. I am sure there will be extra soda or granola bars laying around but the point is to bring the food and gear you will need. Which brings me to the next item. What will you need?

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Bike Smoothies!!

(A Satisfied Customer.)

Today was the unveiling of the Provo Bike Committee’s smoothie machine. The event was at MadDog Cycles in Provo and was a great success. Many cyclists of all ages came by to get their fill of smoothies. Being in a hustle to make the smoothies when someone was there, we did not get many pictures of people actually buying smoothies. We did however get some pictures of the in between action.

(The big picture with the wonderful Carol Ann.)

(This also became the cash register.)

("Is it done yet?" Oh Yeah.)

(Bike trailer promoting bike smoothies with a bicycle drawn on it. Awesome!)

(Three BikeProvo fans.)

This last picture deserves some attention. These three lovely ladies showed up at the stand just before we were heading home. They came over and said they had heard about the event right here on BikeProvo! Needless to say we were really excited. All three of them pedaled their own smoothies and chatted it up while they drank down the fruits of their labors. We did not get their names (Sorry guys. If you want, give us some names in the comment section and let everyone know how good those smoothies were). We were really excited to see some of our very own readers show up and support the event.

All said the day was great we had a pretty good turnout and talked with a lot of people about BikeProvo and the Bike Committee. We are trying to get set up at the Farmer’s Market in Provo. We will keep all of you updated on what happens there so more of you can come out and get a cool delicious drink. A big thanks to MadDog Cycles for letting us use the front of their store and their customers. Also a big thanks to the Committee volunteers for helping cycling culture and awareness grow in the valley. Final thought: Pedal long or pedal short, just get out and pedal.

(Not only are the smoothies Pedal Powered but, so is the tent table and all the fixings.)

APHA Report: Killer Cars?

Just more info on why driving and not riding or walking is not only boring but is also not good for you. Here is an excerpt from the American Public Health Association’s report:

Our dependence on automobiles and roadways has profound negative impacts on human health: decreased opportunities for physical activity, and increased exposure to air pollution, and the number of traffic crashes. The health costs associated with these impacts, including costs associated with loss of work days and wages, pain and suffering, and premature death, may be as high as several hundred billion dollars.

This exact info was brought up in the UT Bike Summit that happened a few months ago. The presenter spoke a lot on the effect of inactivity and what the costs are to communities and to the individual.  Getting rid of your car may not be the answer. Trying to replace all trips within 2 miles of your house with a bicycle may be a step in the right direction. Check out the 2 mile challenge (just type in your address and see what is within two miles) and, the Clear Air Challenge for more on what you can do. You can read the full report here. As always expensive and complicated issues being solved by something as simple as riding your wonderful bicycle.

(Bike and Rootbeer nothing more simple.)

Pedal Powered Smoothies Anyone?

Pedal-Powered Smoothie Blender
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This Monday (5/31) at MadDog Cycles in Provo (936E 450N Provo) from 10am-4pm the Provo Bicycle Committee is going to be pedaling smoothies as a fundraiser for the Committee. Make sure to take some time and ride your bike over to support the Committee in making Provo a better place to live. Smoothies will be sold for $3-5 dollars. See you there.

p.s. Make sure to put this up on your Facebooks, Live Journals, Smoke Signals, or whatever it is the kids are using these days.

New York Times and Opinions.

Crashed Fiat Uno in 1990

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Today there was a very interesting opinion piece on the New York Times website. The piece is titled “Do We Tolerate Too Many Traffic Deaths?” The article points out that while traffic-related deaths are at a lower number than they have been for years, traffic-related deaths are still the #1 killer of citizens in the U.S.A. between the ages of 1-34.

The number of deaths per year from auto accidents is right around 40,000. Many experts added their opinion to the question to help shed some light on our tolerance. Here are a few of my favorites.

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What Do You Love About Cycling in Provo, Graduate Student Tod Robbins?

If you’ve been involved in the Provo cycling community, you’ve probably met Tod. Tod Robbins rides a magenta ’73 Schwinn Collegiate with an original speedometer and a brass bell. He has pedaled his vintage ride for over 1,000 miles and often chooses cycling over driving.

“Things seem richer in Provo when riding a bike,” says Tod. “It lets me explore at a faster pace than my feet – discovering new neighborhoods and places you would usually just drive by. When you’re on your bike, you discover all sorts of neat things.”

Although he is leaving for graduate school this summer, Tod has worked tirelessly over the past months to improve bicycle culture and community in Provo. He’s leaving the city better than he found it – hopefully he’ll be surprised at the progress we’ve made when he returns.

Tell us what you love about bike riding in Provo! Whether you’re a hard-core mountain biker or a casual cruiser, I’d love to share your story. It takes only a few minutes to snap a picture of you on your bike and ask you two questions: 1. What kind of bike do you ride? 2. What do you love about riding in Provo? See, it’s easy. If you’d like to participate, just send an email to: bikeprovo @ gmail.