Reporting from the Bike Rodeo

Yesterday the Provo Bicycle Committee had a rip roarin’ good time volunteering at the Farrer Elementary Bike Rodeo. Families came from all over the neighborhood to register their bikes, learn about sharing the road, and ride like mad.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • $500 worth of helmets, donated from the Utah County Health Department, were given to kids that needed them.
  • Committee members Zac and Krista Whitmore provided hours of free professional tune-ups and basic repairs to kids riding broken or dangerous bikes. Dozens of bikes arrived at the rodeo with serious problems. Fortunately, our repair team biked in a stand and tons of tools. They did a truly amazing job of helping neighborhood kids get their bikes in working order for the spring.
  • Officer Hunter helped families register their bicycles at no cost, making it easier for bikes to be recovered if they are stolen or lost.
  • Councilman Sterling Beck helped the Webelos Scouts learn about basic bicycle maintenance and pass off several of their requirements. He looked very cute pumping up those tires. (Hey, we’re married. I can say that.)
  • Two BYU basketball stars showed up to greet the kids and sign their helmets. The kids were so excited and are already treasuring those celebrity-signed helmets. I wish I caught their names because they certainly should get some credit!
  • Most importantly, the kids had a wonderful time riding and learning about bicycles.

A big thanks to Sariah Hillam who put the whole shindig together and let the Bicycle Committee take part. Hopefully, the Bike Rodeo can be an annual neighborhood tradition. As we were leaving, one of the last little girls in the parking lot yelled out: “Wait! When will the next one be?”

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

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!

Creative Commons License 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

Holi @ Berkeley
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.

Creative Commons License photo credit: ben.chaney

Critical Mass – April 2nd

Nice Helmet
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.

Creative Commons License photo credit: TimothyJ