Provo Employees Ride Bicycles in Clear the Air Challenge

Provo City employees have been riding their bikes on errands and commutes as they compete in this year’s Clear the Air Challenge.

Following in the footsteps of Mayor Curtis (who challenged all Provo residents to ride their bikes this month), employees have been keeping track of their hours spent spent riding and emissions saved.

The Daily Herald reports:

“The advantages of riding a bike to work or on errands isn’t just about gasoline and emissions. Provo Mayor John Curtis says he enjoys his time on the bike.

‘Riding my bike to work is a great way to clear my head in the morning and work out any kinks in my day on the way home. The mountains, blue sky and tree-lined streets all look a little better from a bike seat than they do from a car seat,’ Curtis said.”

A shout out to Jenny Starley who has saved the most car miles in the competition so far. And, a huge congratulations to all of the employees that are setting a good example for Provo! Please take a few seconds to leave a comment of support on the Daily Herald article.

Urgent: Petition for Bicycle Lanes on University Avenue

The Provo Bicycle Committee is petitioning UTA and the Provo City Council to include bicycle lanes on the plans to re-do University Avenue. This is a unique opportunity to create a real “Complete Street” for our city, but your help is needed!

The current UTA plans will re-do the street to provide Bus Rapid Transit – busses that act like trains, arrive every 5 minutes, and have their own dedicated lanes. Unfortunately, bicycles have been ignored. The UTA has also proposed to shorten the sidewalks, making it difficult for cyclists to ride either on and off of the road. You can help make sure bicycles are included by including your name on this petition from the Provo Bicycle Committee:

It has come to the attention of the Provo Bicycle Committee, and citizens of Provo, that Utah Transit Authority (UTA) will be installing a BRT route on University Avenue from 700 North to 300 South (connecting to the Provo Intermodal Transit Hub). While this project will be a great asset to many citizens in Provo and a great help in making the FrontRunner train accessible and usable by all citizens in the Provo-Orem area, the current BRT proposal excludes any bicycle use on either street. We believe this to be a serious exclusion of many citizens in the Provo area. Since 1990 there has been a 96% increase in trips by bicycle to work. This statistic does not take into account students going to school, families running errands, or any other transportation-based cyclist.

By not including cyclists, UTA and Provo City are promoting incomplete streets and passing up a timely opportunity to have a north to south dedicated bicycle lane along University Avenue. This lane would not only connect Provo and visiting cyclists to the rest of Provo, but it would also connect cyclists traveling north and south to the main bicycle paths leading into Orem and up Provo Canyon. Making this connection is vital for cyclists in the Provo area. If University Avenue is going to be renovated into something better it should be made into something that is the best option: a Complete Street.

Complete Streets are streets that take into account mass transit, vehicular traffic, pedestrian traffic, and bicycle traffic. Complete Streets are a backbone of livable communities and treat each form of transportation evenly and fairly. Complete Streets are a vital and important marker for healthy communities. This important accommodation will help relieve congestion on Provo streets, calms street traffic, help improve the air quality in Utah Valley, and improve the overall safety on the street for all users. It makes more economic sense for these accommodations to be made now rather than retrofitting the streets at a later date, a further expense to Provo taxpayers. This BRT project must have dedicated bicycle lanes to make it a complete and valuable asset to the community and citizens of Provo.

If you or anyone you know is interested in signing on to this statement, please email TodĀ  (todd.d.robbins AT gmail) with your permission for inclusion on the petition-statement that will be presented to the Provo Municipal Council on May 4. More details on the May 4 meeting will be sent out shortly concerning our plans for influencing the Council in the interest of bicyclists throughout the city and in the interest of Complete Streets policy. We encourage all of you to contact your council member by phone, email, or in person and share your concern for dedicated bicycle lanes along University Avenue. Every message is seriously considered.

Another one bites the dust. Bike theft is a bummer.

A few days ago we here at BikeProvo announced that the Mayor’s bicycle (SLC) was stolen the first day of the summit. Then today a buddy of mine had his bike stolen from the back of one of the shops that I work at (sorry about the loss Leather Jacket). As a result we thought it wise to post this video of Hal. To give you some background Hal has been a wrench in NY for many many years. A few years ago him and some guys he knows made a video about how to properly lock your bicycle in the big city. The video posted is the first one but there are two more out there. The other two are more of the same tips but with new and funny commentary from Hal.

I know that we live in Provo UT but, as it turns out, bicycle theft is the number one crime in the city according to the police officer from a bike rodeo we attended. So get your bike registered (you can follow the link on the left), and make sure that you do a good lock job. Poor locking only encourages theft. Which in turn only promotes people to try and steal other bikes if the first one was so easy. I believe bicycle thievesĀ are the lowest of the low and deserve whatever they have coming to them. On the other hand though if you watch the movie the Bicycle Thief it is kind of hard to not hope for the best if you ride does disappear. Hope you enjoy and learn how to better protect your ride.

Mark Your Calendars – May Critical Mass

Santana Triplet

Take advantage of the gorgeous weather by riding in next month’s Critical Mass.

What: An informal, celebratory bicycle ride for people of all ages.

When: May 7th, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Center & University

Almost a hundred people are planning on riding and the invitation just went out. Learn more and get excited by checking out the the Critical Mass Facebook event page.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Velo Steve

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

LA Tweed Ride
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.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Bike by the Sea