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.)

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.)

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.)

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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.

Critical mass. Riga, 1 May 2010
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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.

***BIKEBECUE UPDATE***

Good time!
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The Bikebecue that will be happening tomorrow night has moved locations. You can follow the link above to see were the park is I do not know the exact route we will be taking. The event has been moved closer to Rowley Press. We will be headed to Paul Ream Wilderness Park. The park is right off the Provo River Trail. The time and meeting location are the same; 6pm at Rowley Press. So grab some food and come ready to have fun.

"Bikebecue" adding to the events of Bike Week

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There are a few great bicycle events coming up next week. The first one that has been confirmed and nailed down is as follows:

The wonderful Leland Rowley over at Rowley Press is putting together an awesome bike event in conjunction with the Mayor’s Bike-to-Work Day – Provo’s first ever Bikebecue! The event is taking place on Tuesday, May 18th. We will be leaving from Rowley Press (39W 200N Provo) by bicycle at 6pm en-route to Vivian Park in Provo Canyon. If you do no feel up for a ride that far (I have done it with new riders, it is not that bad), you can meet up with us at the mouth of the canyon and ride the rest of the way in. Here is the info straight from Leland’s event on Facebook:

Bikes, BBQ, Bike Polo, Bikes, Smoothies made on the Provo Bike Council’s Bike Blender, some Bikes, perhaps Bike Jousting (if we can figure out how to do it without killing people) and more BBQ. Why not come?

We are biking up to Vivian Park to have the best BBQ ever. I will bring charcoal and perhaps a match or two. You will bring whatever treat you want to cook up.

Let me know if you have any questions!

PS: If you need a bike, let me know and we will try and find one. I have a couple laying about that you could borrow if you speak quickly 🙂

PPS: If you don’t want to bike all the way from Rowley Press, feel free to meet us at Bridal Veil or anywhere else along the trail for a bit of a shorter ride. Still come to Rowley Press if you like, and then you can carpool with the others who are meeting there.

(Hopefully these cookies will also be making an appearance. Hint hint Krysta.)

That’s right, you read correctly: bikes, BBQ, pedal powered smoothies, polo, and non-lethal jousting. This is going to be a BBQ for the ages. Do you really want to have to tell you offspring that you missed it? I personally could not live with that guilt so I am going to be there. To top off all the awesomeness Leland is also making spoke cards to commemorate the event. If any one needs a bicycle contact Leland or BikeProvo as I have some extra bicycles that have not been claimed yet. We hope to see you all out for this evening of bicycling and friends. As Paul Fournel says, “Friends in life who are bike friends are double friends: soup and sandwiches.” So, bring your soups, sandwiches, chickens, hamburgers, tofu burgers, and come ride your bike.

What Do You Love About Cycling in Provo, Bike Committee Chair Zac Whitmore?

As a new feature, I’ll be asking cyclists of all sorts what they enjoy most about riding a bike in Provo. The fist fist victim / volunteer is our very own Bike Committee chairman, Zac Whitmore.

Zac and his family have been car-free for the last 2 1/2 years (yes, even in the winter). He can often be seen riding around Provo in his green custom Surly Longhaul Trucker, complete with a brass bell.

“I like to run into other riders I know and stop and chat,” he says. “In downtown it’s the fastest way to get around.” Zac cycles to work, school, bike committee meetings, and just about everywhere else he goes – sometimes with his daughter carried along in a trailer. “Everything looks better from a bike,” he says.

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.

The Power of Community

(The little one ready to go.)

This is a personal story. However, it is a great example of what a community can do when we come together and are all aware of each other and each others needs. My family and I have been car-free for 2 1/2 years. This decision was based primarily on the fact that we really love bicycles and how the world looks from the saddle of a bicycle. All of the other benefits of not having a car (no payment, no gas, no emission, etc.), were just perks on top of a passion. Our little girl, the one in the picture, has only ever known bicycle travel. Sure we have rented cars from time to time and even taken the occasional ride from a friend but, those miles driven do not even touch the miles pedaled.

A few months back we had a bicycle locked up at our apartment complex with the trailer attached to the back of it. We had done this often and had never really worried about anything happening to the bike or trailer. Early the next morning my wife and daughter left for a trip with some family. I stayed behind to finish up some work and school stuff. When I came home from work that evening I noticed the trailer was not on the bike. I checked all the spots we usually would have put it and did not find it. After looking in vain I called my wife. She had not moved it and, had no idea where it was. This is when we realized someone had stolen the only way we had to get our little one around town. My brother and I  jumped on our bicycles and searched all over the downtown Provo area. We came up with nothing.

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Free Swag, Free Fun at Provo Bike-to-Work Day – May 18

Don’t forget to participate in bike-to-work day on May 18. Before pedaling to work, show up in front of the  Provo Historic County Courthouse at 7:30 a.m. for a UTA-sponsored cycling event including: free food, free bike swag, free bike helmets (first 50 participants), free bike tune-ups, and a celebratory 3 mile ride with Mayor John Curtis.

This is a great way to have some fun and show your support of cycling in Provo. Take a look at the Bike-to-Work Day Facebook event and help spread the word by inviting your friends.

Why Yes, the Provo Bike Committee is Famous

Last month the Provo Bike Committee donated tools and time at the first-annual Farrer Elementary Bike Rodeo. Check us out in the video below, from Provo Channel 17.

If American Idol isn’t working out for you, come help the Provo Bike Committee this summer. Join us in the sweet limelight of public access television.

Or, just come on down because bicycles are fun to ride and an important way to strengthen our community. Every month there are new ways for you to lend a hand. Join the Bike Committee Facebook Group for up-to-the-minute news about Provo cycling advocacy. And, don’t forget to become a fan of BikeProvo for updates on everything bike-related in the valley.