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New York Times and Opinions.

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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.

Riding in the City: Mythbusting, a Link, and the Need for a Ride.

(Deep in thought.)
(Deep in thought.)

This post is in response to some questions BikeProvo has been receiving on riding laws and etiquette. I actually attempted to write a post on this subject and kept running into issues between my opinion, reality, and the law. There definitely will be some Provo specific posts on this issue. First however, I need to get everything straight and clear on how it will be presented. I am sure that a few hearty bicycle rides will help me straighten this all out. Until that time I am going to debunk one of the biggest cycling myths out there and give you all a link to a great document put together by UDOT. The UDOT document is a great starter for anyone wondering what our rights are to the road and, how to ride correctly on the road.

So, what is the biggest myth in cycling? It goes something like this…

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Bicycle Coalition seeking Executive Director.

The following is a release from the Utah Bicycle Coalition.

Executive Director Wanted

Summary

The Utah Bicycle Coalition seeks a proven leader, entrepreneurial fundraiser, visionary manager, knowledgeable advocate, and a powerful communicator with a deep commitment to our mission to serve as executive director. The initial employment term will be for a period of four months. We anticipate compensation for this period to be $3,000 per month. Future compensation is dependent upon the success of the candidate in fundraising efforts.

Utah Bicycle Coalition Mission Statement

The mission of the Utah Bicycle Coalition is to promote and preserve the safety, opportunities, and responsibilities of cyclists and pedestrians through legislation, education, and facilities development.

  • To work for good laws and legislation which promote safe cycling and walking.
  • To participate in transportation planning and construction providing accommodations for safe cycling and walking.
  • To educate cyclists and motorists about safe cycling, sharing the road, and obeying the law.
  • To assist in the development, growth, and effectiveness of local cycling advocacy groups.
  • To develop a network of safe cycling routes throughout Utah.
  • To promote sustainable, healthy lifestyles.
  • To support Utah’s cycling industry.

The Utah Bicycle Coalition advocates for increased bicycle use by promoting the bicycle as an everyday means of transportation and recreation. Cycling is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, maintain good health, and travel around town.

There are risks to cycling that can be mitigated by educating both our fellow cyclists and motorists in how to properly share the road

Qualifications for Executive Director Position

·       Commitment to the mission
Must have a deep personal commitment to Utah Bicycle Coalition’s mission and goals. An everyday bicyclist who is passionate about bicycling’s vital roles in transportation is strongly preferred. The executive director should be committed to long-term employment with Utah Bicycle Coalition (minimum three years).

·       Fundraising
Experience in fundraising for public interest or advocacy work from a diverse range of funding sources including private foundations, non-profit services, government services, individual donations, membership sales, and events. Fundraise to sustain the Executive Director position. Experience with writing and managing grants is preferred.

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Something to work for.

I am a dreamer. The following video which is two minutes of commuter traffic in the Netherlands looks like a dream come true to me. 33% of all trips in the Netherlands are made by bicycle; in Utah it is about 5%. I would say we have a little room for improvement. Next time you need a gallon of milk, or want to go to the movie, or any little trip, think about taking your bike instead of you car. Change comes one bike, one trip, one rider at a time. Enjoy the dream. (Thanks Jeff on the onesy for the tip.)

Reporting from the Bike-In Movie

Ignoring the ominous clouds, about 30 cyclists rode in to make new friends and enjoy a show under the stars at tonight’s bike-in movie.

Krysta brought the famous Bike Committee cookies (yes, folks, those are hand-decorated).

Leland rode in on the bike-mobile, complete with ice chest, grill, and an entire picnic table. He cooked up some incredible polish dogs to share.

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You're Invited: Bike Committee's Bike-In Movie TOMORROW

Come one, come all to the Bike Committee’s bike-in movie this Friday. In a grassy backyard just three blocks from Center St. we’ll lay out our blankets under the stars, chat it up with other cyclists, and enjoy handful after handful of buttery popcorn. (I’ve also heard rumour that the Famous Bike Committee cookies may make a showing…)

What: Bike-in movie featuring Breaking Away – a hilarious and endearing story about a small-town American teen that begins to think he’s Italian after winning an Italian  bicycle.

When: Friday, May 21. 7:45

Where: 341 E. 300 S. (a backyard near downtown Provo. The house has two Chinese lanterns on the front porch. Just ride on back -you’ll hear where the fun is coming from.)

Bring your friends and family. Popcorn will be provided. If you want another snack to share feel free to bring it along in your basket or cargo bucket. RSVP on the Facebook Bike-In Event.

Rain, Bikebecue, and an awesome event.

(Suzanne beating the rain in style.)
(Suzanne beating the rain in style.)

If a picture is worth a thousand words then this post is worth 13,500 words. As all of you know yesterday was the first annual Bikebecue. Despite the weather this event was a lot of fun and had a great turn out. The weather toyed with our emotions all day and, ended up giving us a dry window to start and end the ride with. We were really concerned that not many riders were going to show up because of said weather. Gladly we were proven wrong as many of our fellow Provo riders showed up to support the event and eat some BBQ.

The ride started at Rowley Press.

(Getting ready to ride.)
(Getting ready to ride.)

We then we took 5th North all the way to the park.

(Bike? Check. Root Beer? Check. Two cargo trailers full of food and BBQ? Check.)
(Bike? Check. Root Beer? Check. Two cargo trailers full of food and BBQ? Check.)

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A Happy, Rainy Bike-to-Work Day

Despite the rain, the Provo Bike-to-Work Day morning event was a huge success. Cyclists of all ages came out to ride with Mayor Curtis and join in the fun.

Helen Anderson from the Mayor’s Office and Stacey Adamson from UTA did a wonderful job of organizing and running the show.

Many riders lined up for free bike-tune ups, compliments of Bingham Cyclery.

There was also a bunch of free, donated swag including bike-promoting water bottles, pens, lights, mints, and helmets. Jamba Juice gave away free Smoothies while Einsteins was handing out free bagels.

Mayor Curtis read a great statement about the importance of cycling in a healthy community.

Then he lead the group on a just-for-fun, 3-mile ride around town. Officers on motorcycles prepared the way.

At the get together, the Bike Committee collected over 50 surveys from people interested in local cycling. Many people stopped by our booth to learn more and take a flier (we’re looking forward to seeing you at the meetings!).

Overall, the Bike-to-Work Day event was a great kick-off to a fun-filled week. A big thanks to Mayor Curtis, UTA, and everyone who came out to support cycling in Provo.

P.S. Did you notice that both Mayor Curtis and Sterling Beck ended up riding their wives’ bikes? Turns out Spring is also flat tire season.

Bike week is here!

Welcome all to Bicycle Week here in Provo, UT. We have some really awesome events lined up for this week so let’s cut the chit chat and get straight to the details.

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What: Provo Mayor’s Bike to Work Day

When: Tuesday May 18, 7:30 am

Where: Downtown Provo at the Historic Courthouse on the corner of University Ave. and Center St.

Why: Mayor John Curtis is going to meet up with fellow Provo citizens and go for a bicycle ride to promote riding bicycles to work and to promote cycling as transportation. There is going to be free food, free tune-ups (thanks to Bingham Cycles), and free helmets for the first 50 participants.

This is going to be an awesome event. UTA is going to be there as well as BikeProvo, the Bicycle Committee, and many shops from the area. Catch up with Jamie and she will snap your picture and add you to the cyclist spotlight we have going.

What: Rowley Press and Provo Bicycle Committee Bikebecue.

When: Tuesday May 18, 6pm

Where: The ride is going to start at Rowley Press (39W 200N Provo) and, we are going to ride bicycles to Paul Ream Park.

Why: This is going to be a super fun ride that will involve food, games, and friends. Leland Rowley will provide the Barbecue and some games. We are to provide some food and the desire to ride bikes. It is rumored that there is going to be pedal powered smoothies, spoke cards, free tune-ups (compliments of the Bike Committee) and, bike jousting.

You can look at the last two posts to see all the details and to get a map of were to go if you are going to meet up with the group later.

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What: Orem Mayor’s Bike to Work Day.

When: Wednesday May 19, 7:30am

Where: City Center Park in Orem (just East of the City Building)

Why: I have three words for you Free Pancake Breakfast. Enough said.

MadDog Cycles will be doing free tune-ups at this event. There will be a lot of awesome cycling stuff happening with this event as well.

What: MadDog Cycles Commuter Breakfast

When: Friday May 21, 7-9am

Where: There are going to be four locations two in Orem and two in Provo. Provo locations; Brigham’s Landing (in the grass) and, in front of Gurus on Center St. Orem locations; 1600N and State St. and, 800S 800N.

Why: They are going to have free food and drinks as well as some SWAG, and gift certificates to local restaurants.

This event from MadDog is going to be awesome. Make sure to have your commute go by one of these booths so you can take advantage of the free stuff and fun.

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What: Provo Bicycle Committee Bike in Movie

When: Friday May 21, 7:45pm (or when it is dark enough).

Where: 341E 300S the house has two Chinese lanterns out in front of it. Just ride to the side of the house the movie will be in the back.

Why: There is going to be free popcorn, and we are going to be watching the movie Breaking Away (classic).

Make sure to bring your bike and a blanket as well as your favorite movie snack. The movie is really good if you like bikes even a little bit.

Not a bad week for the Provo area. Let’s make sure to get out to as many events as we can to show our support of cycling and to make friends with other cyclists. The stronger our community of riders the better we can have our voices heard. If anybody has another event or wants to put something together but not sure how to go about it you can contact BikeProvo. We can advertise and/or help you get your idea into action.