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What Can Provo Learn from Fort Collins?

A couple years ago my husband and I made a trip out to Fort Collins, Colorado where we discovered that a city very similar to Provo has created a truly amazing bicycle culture. Students, families, seniors, and avid-cyclers were riding everywhere we looked. The cycling culture brought business to their bike-lined downtown, generated a very real sense of community, and gave the city some extremely favorable media attention (they were awarded the #2 spot in Money Magazine’s top 10 Places to Live 2008).

It can be a bit difficult when cycling advocates try to take on the same types of projects that Portland does – Provo and Portland are very different. However, Provo and Fort Collins are extremely similar in the ways that count. Both are medium-sized cities with generally flat roads, a historic downtown, a major university, and a snowy winter. If something can work for them, it can probably work for us.

Here are some of ways that Fort Collins has made cycling work in their city Read more

Ride with the Mayor: Provo Bike-to-Work Day

Mark your calendars for a May ride with Provo Mayor John Curtis. This year’s Provo City / UTA Bike-to-Work Day is excpected to be the best yet.

What: Enjoy free food and complimentary bike tune-ups, and a bike ride with Mayor John Curtis at 8 a.m. UTA will give away free bicycle helmets to the first 50 participants, and Provo City will offer free bike registration to residents. The event is free and open to the public. Children must be at least eight years old to ride and must be accompanied by an adult.

When: May 18, 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Where: Historic County Courthouse at 51 S. University Avenue

Check out the Provo Bike-to-Work-Day event on Facebook to learn more and show your support.

photo credit: Bike by the Sea

Salt Lake Improves Bikability…Will Provo Follow?

Salt Lake is doing a lot to improve bikability throughout the city. A recent Deseret News story reports:

“…Even in the face of substantial budget cuts — possibly as large as $20 million — bicycles remain a priority for the mayor and his administration. Completing cycling-oriented projects in line with our vision for a highly bikeable capital city is a priority,” Becker said.

“Increasing the options for alternative transportation has always been a focus…Even in these tough economic times, we remain committed to increasing awareness of bicycle/motorist safety while also completing funded projects in Salt Lake City to promote biking as a safe and desirable transportation alternative.”

Salt Lake offers a thriving Bicycle Collective and is home to the Utah Bike Summit. This year they plan to add a bicycle transit center and add a number of bike lanes to repaved streets.

Provo has been lagging behind. But, with the renewal of the Provo Bicycle Committee Salt Lake may soon have some friendly competition.

photo credit: ebis50

Farrer Elementary Bike Rodeo

On April 15, families living in Farrer Elementary School boundaries should cycle on down for the first-annual Bike Rodeo.

What: A rip-roarin’ good time, offering young riders the chance to get started on spring riding. The Provo Police Department is sponsoring free bicycle registrations. Safety and bike maintenance tutorials will be provided.  A limited number of free bicycle helmets will also be available, compliments of the County Heath Department.

When: April 15, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Farrer Elementary School

Show up with your youngsters and watch them swerve through the obstacle course. Yee-haw!

photo credit: Richo.Fan

Utah Bike Summit

If you’re interested in bike advocacy, you won’t want to miss this year’s Utah Bike Summit. During the 2-day conference, you’ll hear from Congressman Jim Oberstar and attend workshops from fellow bike advocates. Topics include:

  • Bicycling Issues in Utah
  • Working with Business
  • Being an Effective Advocate
  • Changing Policies
  • Working with Governmental Agencies

When: Friday April 16, 2010  Noon – 5:00 pm
Saturday April 17, 2010  8:00am – 4:00 pm

Where: Salt Lake City Library (210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City)

The Utah Bike Summit is free, but you need to sign up online before April 9th or before all seats are taken.

Image: Utah Bike Summit

Bike to the Festival of Colors

In what has been deemed the first-annual “Rainbow Road Bike Ride,” a group of cyclists from around Provo will be biking to the Krishna Festival of Colors. Join in for a 13 mile ride (each way) and a fun-filled afternoon.

What: The Festival of Colors, also known as Holi, is a traditional Indian holiday including music, mayhem, and a lot of colored chalk.

Where: Meet at Rowley Press (39 W 200 N) and ride to the Krishna Temple in American Fork

When: Saturday, March 27th. leaving at 2:00 p.m.

Many participants are dressing colorfully or decorating their bikes in true Rainbow Road fashion. For more info, check out the Rainbow Road Bike Ride Facebook Group or the Utah Krishna website.

photo credit: ben.chaney

Critical Mass – April 2nd

Enjoy the spring weather with a celebratory bike ride this April. Provo Critical Mass is back and more than 110 people have already RSVPed for the fun on Facebook.

What: Critical Mass is a group bike ride that takes place on the first Friday of the month in cities around the world. Riders of all ages and bikes of all kinds are welcomed. If you’ve never heard of it, check out this article for the basics.

When: April 2nd, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Meet in front of the Provo Courthouse (10 E. Center St.)

Be sure to join the Provo Critical Mass Facebook Group to meet like-minded cyclists and get updates about such events.

photo credit: TimothyJ