Provo City Council Election Guide 2011 – Candidates Share Their Views on Making Provo a Bicycle-Friendly City

Don’t forget to vote in the Provo primary election on September 13, 2011 and the Provo general city council election on November 8, 2011. You can find election information on the Provo city website.

Next year, Provo will have four new city council members. Your vote for a bicycle-friendly candidate could mean more bicycle lanes, racks, and a better city for families that walk and ride their bikes.

We’ve asked the city council candidates for their views on bicycle infrastructure and safety in Provo. You can find their responses by clicking the links for each district. Don’t know what district you’re in? Find out by entering your address here.

Citywide Candidates (see all city-wide answers here)

District 1 Candidates (see all district 1 answers here)

District 4 Candidates (see all district 4 answers here)

District 3 Candidates

  • Hall Miller – No response.
  • James E. Kallbacka – No response.
  • Richard Wood – No response.
  • Glen K. Thurston – Responded but did not answer questions.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Iain Farrell

Provo Working to Become Gold-Level Bicycle City & Add 60 Miles of New Bike Lanes!

Amazing things are happening for bikes in Provo thanks to the city council’s decision to include bike-friendly policies in the general plan. After such an impressive showing of bicyclists at last week’s city council meeting, the council voted for plan that will help Provo in two HUGE ways. Zac’s post Council Meeting a Success discussed the outpouring of support from local cyclists and the council’s positive reaction. Today’s post will give a quick overview of what the new plan means for our city.

1. Provo Will Seek Gold-Level Bicycle Friendly Status. The League of American Bicyclists recognizes cities that make an effort to be friendly to bicyclists by doing things like providing bike paths, ensuring bicycle safety on the roadways, and offering accessible bicycle parking at public places. Both Salt Lake and Park City are currently recognized as bicycle-friendly communities. Now, Provo will be working towards reciving gold-level status by making sure that bikes have a place in our city.

2. Provo Will Triple the Number of Bicycle Lanes. The council unanimously voted to include a forward-thinking bicycle map in the general plan. Going by this map, the city will essentially triple the number of bicycle lanes throughout Provo. Additionally, it will add more pedestrian pathways and trails. The bicycle map is a very big deal and it will dramatically improve the ability for cyclists to get out and enjoy the city safely.

We expect that these two changes will dramatically improve the quality of life in Provo, ease traffic congestion / parking problems, and make the downtown area an even better place to live!

This is good news for our city – please, pass this along to your friends and family so they can share in the anticipation of the incredible projects coming to our town!


What happens in tomorrow’s city council meeting will, in part, determine what kind of city Provo will be and whether or not bicycling and pedestrian families will be safe and welcomed on Provo’s roads in the coming years.

For the last few weeks, the Provo City Council has been considering a Pedestrian and Bicycle Pathways map that has been in the works for over three years. The map calls for dozens of new bicycle paths and pedestrian trails in the areas that need it most. This will be a major improvement to our city and will help put us on the map with other bicycle and pedestrian-friendly cities such as Portland and Boulder. If the map is not included in the General Plan at tomorrow’s meeting, there will not be another chance to include it for at least 5 years and it may never happen.

What You Can Do: Please come to the meeting, share your experiences as a bicycle rider or pedestrian during the public comments period, and respectfully ask the council to support the map as a part of the general plan in their vote.

August 3, 2010 – 7:00 p.m.
Council Chambers
351 West Center Street, Provo

FYI: The map will be discussed by the council as Item C on the agenda “C. A resolution adopting the 2009 Update to the Provo City General Plan.”