It’s Official: We’re Bike-Friendly

I know what some of you are thinking? Finally! Downtown has a customized bike rack option. This one is in front of the new Utah Valley Convention Center. The rack was designed by local industrial design firm Rocketship and inspired by the Provo Bike Committee.
Also, the League of American Bicyclists announced today that it has named Provo a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community. There are only two other Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFCs) in the state. The application for the designation is rigorous, and bicyclists from around Provo played a major role.
The BFC award will be presented to the city during the council meeting on November 6, 2012, and the Provo Bicycle Collective will host a celebration that Friday, November 9, from 7-9 p.m. at 49 N. 1100 West #2. The public is invited to come and learn more about planned bicycle infrastructure, events, ways to get involved, and more.
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  1. Marilyn

    This is great, but will your bike be booted and towed if parked at the customized bike rack after 10pm?

  2. Very funny Marilyn

  3. LOVE these! When can we sponsor them and get them in front of our stores? Can’t wait to see them around town. Kudos to the committee and Rocketship

  4. It’s good to know this. I’m a biker myself.

  5. I think that we need to improve the safety of bike riders in the streets in the area mentioned. And if its prohbitied to ride on sidewalks this needs to be strictly enforced.

    1. Anonymous

      Agreed. Both bikers and drivers need to be more informed on what the rules are and on how to be cautious so people stop getting hurt.
      Why does putting in a bike rack mean Provo is bike friendly? Until SAFETY is improved,(especially on 9th East where a large portion of bicycle commuters are forced to ride,) Provo can’t be considered “bike friendly.” Painting a green bike lane on 9th like they’ve done in SLC would be a good starting place.
      My husband and I both ride bikes everywhere, and we have for a number of years. He has a metal clavicle since he got hit by a car (in Provo) back in 2009. He was not at fault, but because he had been hit and he was out of it, nothing was reported or documented properly. He was a student and was left in such a substantial amount of debt that we had to put off marriage. Now that we are married, our health and life insurances are higher, and he has poor credit. Safety for bikers is a big deal! Please do something about it!

  6. Anonymous

    How bicycle friendly is it to reduce the bike lane in the 3700 North roundabout to a sliver not wide enough to ride in safely? Are bicyclists now expected to use the pedestrian crossings and the sidewalks in that roundabout or are they going to line up with the cars to take their turns getting into the circle? How safe is it really to force bicycles and cars to share the same bit of road in a roundabout where it is already busy and challenging to get into the circle during busy times of day?

  7. Greg Harris

    The State of Idaho is leading out in bike safety. It is legal for bikers to use the sidewalks, go through stop and red lights, etc when safe to do so. The Utah laws require bikers to pretend they are cars and obey all such laws realting to cars, as do most other states of course. But any biker knows that you need to watch out and use a sidewalk or roll through a red light for your own safety. Because if you get hit by a car, regardless of who is at fault, the biker loses out. Any step is better to encourage riding so Kudos to Provo. Greg Harris

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