If you haven’t noticed we here at BikeProvo we really love two things: riding bikes, and riding bikes in Provo. Often we get to report on events going on here in the valley as well as share our insights into bicycling in general. Basically, you all get to hear a lot from us and we don’t get to hear that much from you or your bike riding here in Provo. In an attempt to remedy that we are introducing the Monday Ride Report. The idea is a few of us will report on some aspect of our rides, commutes, or bicycle adventures and then open the floor to all of you (in the comments section) to share your experiences on the road or trail. You can write about a funny experience, or how you discovered a new road, or about how sometimes drivers really just do not pay attention. Anything ride-related. If these guidelines are not helpful with what to write make a comment so we can help you get your experience out there. Jamie and I will go first to get things rolling.
I have had 4 standout rides this week. With the weather being generally awesome I hope I can say this every week. The ride I am going to choose is the ride I had with my good friend Leland. Me and Leland met up this week to work on a poster for the Provelo event that is coming up. I am helpless with design and knew Leland would have the goods. We sat around and did some planning for a little while and then saddled up. We went over to the city building to talk with Parks and Rec about potential parks for the event. From there we headed out to check out some of the parks we had to choose from. As we got rolling we decided to take some of the roads in Provo that need the most work. We road both Freedom Blvd. and 500 west on our park search. The ride in general was great we got to talk about bicycles and life as well as our favorite sodas (I believe the consensus was Virgils Root Beer). The ride ended with root beer (regrettably not Virgils) and Slab Pizza as well as meeting Lelands secret weapon, Davis, the design wizard who did the layout on the Provelo poster. This ride had most of what I love about cycling: friends, a bit of distance, thinking on change, working for change, good beverages and food, and meeting new and awesome people. Thank you Leland, Davis, Provo, and my steed for the great ride.
A few days ago I got back into town from a week-long trip to the suburbs of Los Angeles. I’m glad to be back to my Townie our bike-loving city. One thing that stood out to me while I was away was that Provo really has so much potential to be one of the best places in the U. S for bicyclists. Unlike so many cities, we’re relatively flat and we’re the perfect size – big enough to develop a strong bike culture but small enough that we still have the opportunity to adjust our infrastructure to the needs of cyclists.
This weekened my husband and I jumped on our bikes for a ride from our downtown home to the BYU creamery. We took the side streets because the major road (900 E) is still pretty scary for cyclists. The weather was completely perfect for cycling and we had quite a bit of fun on the traffic-free roads until…mini-bike disaster! Dun, dun, dun!
Well, actually a screw just came loose and my brakes are now rubbing against my tire. I guess this is the cyclist’s equivalent to driving with the parking brake on. What should have been an easy repair wasn’t quite so quick with the Townie, so I’ve been out of commission for a couple days. But, I’m looking forward to getting back on the saddle for more happy valley bike adventures next week.
Come on, you know you’ve had some sort of biking experience this week. Go somewhere fun? Find a new path? Get into some trouble on the road? Run over a squirl? No matter how big or small, we want to hear about your cycling week. Help make this feature successful by writing a comment!