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At the Mayor’s Bike-Walk-Roll event last week: one of our smaller Provo resident on roller skates exclaimed “This is the perfect little spot!” when she turned into the protected bike lanes on Cougar Blvd 😁 Provo City and its partners hosted a celebratory ride and tree planting to mark the completion of the 500 West construction project. The redesigned road includes trees, medians, buffered bike lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk, improved bus stops, and bike- and pedestrian-only intersection at 300 North. Shout out to @utahdot and @provocity for the great redesign.

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If you didn’t get a chance to join our latest #goodbyegoatheads service project, you can still help! Pull out any goatheads you find and/or report their location by calling 311.

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Last week BikeWalk Provo volunteers Carlee Reber and Parker Howell partnered with @provoparks to host a goathead pulling event. Volunteers pulled out several trash bags worth of goathead plants around the central area of Provo. Ridding Provo of these “puncture vines” is one part of making the city a better place to walk and bike! #goodbyegoatheads

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We’ve combined our #goodbyegoatheads service project with the 500 W celebration (swipe for more info). Thank you @provo.parks for collaborating on this project!

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🍦 come celebrate!

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This morning our bike rack crew installed two @provocity racks at Center and 500 W for Asian Market and Rent-A-Center. We can’t wait to see employees and customers using them!

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#bikewalkprovostories Dacey Barnes When the black BREEZER, a descendant of the legendary 1974 bike builder Joe Breezer, came rolling in the double, store-front doors of a local cafe I was visiting I thought, “someone is now bike-delivering bakery goods here on Center Street.” Sporting a black, collapsible, plastic crate mounted over the existing, rear wheel rack the sleek bike coasted right up to the order counter fronting the kitchen. I wasn’t quite right, as I found out later the owner of the BREEZER ‘Downtown EX’ had just stopped by to chat with her husband. Dacey Barnes does transport goods, though, produce from the local farmer’s market, groceries, her yoga mat, a picnic blanket, and just about anything else she needs in traveling between work, play, and home. Dacey began her biking experience early in life and has been riding ever since—here in Provo since 2003. “I was twenty-three before getting my driver’s license because I liked bikes [so much],” she affirms with a brief smile. Living only a mile away from work, Dacey finds riding in the mornings quieter and cooler now that summer has arrived, “it just makes more sense to ride to work, being so close… and I see more things on a bike than in a car.” Exercise is another good reason! Dacey once lived near Rock Canyon Park, she often enjoyed biking the steep surrounding hills and down along the Provo River Trail, but today it’s more the quaint streets of Downtown Provo. She bought the BREEZER two years ago not knowing anything about the bike or its builder, other than that it looked like a good ride. The black crate she added later after coming up with the idea and the combination made her travels even easier. (Story continued in comments)

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We’re wrapping up Pride Month with a bike ride around Provo! Decorate your bike in your best pride colors or grab a scooter and join us for a cruise around Provo. We’ll start the ride at @provobicyclecollective and end up at @encircletogether, Provo’s LGBTQ+ house, for some snacks. Everyone is welcome! Invite your friends, invite your family, we’d love to have you all!

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A few BikeWalk Provo volunteers attended an active transportation tour hosted bike Orem Bicycle Coalition. They showed us some great neighborhoods and slow streets Orem has to offer and areas in need of work. Stay tuned for tours of Provo and Salt Lake City next!

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Here is some inspiration from @parkcity_utah showing how quickly city governments can act to implement traffic calming. Within two weeks of the city manager asking the transportation planning, engineering, and public works department to put together some ideas to slow cars on Park Avenue, the public works department installed plastic bollards and horse trough planters, creating medians and lane shifts. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time and money to make our streets safer and more beautiful! 🌸

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