Cyclists in Latvia Demonstrate How Bikes Save Space

Original Article found at WebUrbanist.com
As a note, the United States average vehicle occupancy in 2009 was 1.67 with Utah at 1.69.NHTS We could certainly save some space around BYU by riding more bikes!

The absurdity of single drivers taking up so much space on the road was vividly highlighted when a group of Latvian cyclists went for a ride wearing car-sized frames made of bamboo. In celebration of International No Car Day on September 22nd, the cyclists gave their bikes a temporary makeover that forces actual automobiles driving alongside them to treat them like they would another car.

They look ridiculous, and that’s the point. Standing out in the transparent structures, it’s clear how little space each person actually takes up within that space. The frames are easily three times the width and length of the individual cyclist.

The protest, held by members of Let’s Bike It, highlights how much congestion could be eased on the roads if more people commuted by bike instead of cars, not to mention all of the other benefits.

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I bought a set of these lights, and the inventors came to deliver it! The daylight and my camera didn’t do the lights justice. They are really very bright. They have 180° visibility, turn signals, power saving modes, and a few more features.

Provo Bicycle Collective

Do you want to learn how to repair bicycles better? Or do you have the know-how, but just don’t have the tools? Maybe give the Provo Bicycle Collective a try.

The Collective is a nonprofit staffed entirely by volunteers that teaches folks how to fix up and maintain their bicycles. It also sells used bikes at reasonable prices (which volunteers fix up), and offers used bike parts for sale, as well as providing tools and knowledge to help everyone ride often and ride safely. The service is provided for free but a donation of at least $5 per hour is suggested. The Collective was established two or three years ago as a branch of the Salt Lake Bicycle Collective and is open for limited hours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The collective also provide bicycle valet parking at the Provo Farmers Market and the Rooftop Concert Series.

Here is their address and contact information. They also have a Facebook page.

9TH HIGHEST CYCLING RATE IN THE NATION!

Article from http://provomayor.com/2014/05/15/9th-highest-cycling-rate-in-the-nation/

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Picture from Provo’s Bike to Work Day, 5/14/14

The U.S. Census Bureau released a report just in time for National Bike Week ranking Provo’s cycling rate among mid-size cities (with populations between 100,000 and 200,000 residents) the ninth highest in the nation! We even beat out Salt Lake City who was ranked 11th.

According to the report, Provo residents are four to seven times more likely than typical Americans to bike to work. Nationally, just 0.6 % of workers bike to work, based on survey data for 2008-12 but in Provo, 3.1 % of residents bike to work.

The report also had data on how many workers walk to work. In Provo, 14.5 % of workers walk to work, ranking Provo #3 in the nation among mid sized cities!

Read more about the rankings in The Salt Lake Tribune’s article here »

Bikers ask drivers to learn the rules of the road

Bikers ask drivers to learn the rules of the road – U N I V E R S E.
Jonathan Pierson, an avid Provo biker since 2009, has been hit four times in recent years, twice on the same road.

“I was going down 500 North towards my house,” said Pierson, a senior in BYU’s accounting program. “I was coming up on an intersection, and the car decided it wanted to turn right. It was behind me but decided it could go around me and cut me off.”

The recent installments of “Share the Road” signs around BYU campus can be a friendly reminder to bikers and drivers to pay attention to road rules. (Photo by Tatiana Hernandez)
The recent installments of “Share the Road” signs around BYU campus can be a friendly reminder to bikers and drivers to pay attention to road rules. (Tatiana Hernandez)
That’s when they crashed. Pierson sustained cuts and torn pants, but his bike wasn’t badly damaged.

“The lady got upset at me first because she said I was slowing down traffic and she had to get somewhere, but I was like, ‘Well, you hit me. It would’ve been two seconds slower to be patient,’” Pierson said. “I don’t feel too bad about the fact that I got hit. But I feel like there are too many instances of that. They’re (drivers) too much in a hurry.”

Some drivers and bikers believe hostility, lack of education and disregard for road rules are at the source of the biker-driver conflict.

BYU graduate Derik Flanary, 27, is another biker who’s had conflict on the road because others didn’t know the law.

“If there’s something Provo City could do, they could probably post things on social media about the rules of the road, like maybe infographics,” Flanary said.

The Provo Bicycle Collective, a nonprofit group, works to raise awareness of bike safety. Posts on its Facebook page tell volunteers about meetings, activities or resources for bike upkeep.

Websites dedicated to bike safety also provide resources. BikeProvo.org contains a list of suggested laws bikers should know.

“Carrying (this page guide) in your wallet can help you educate local residents or even officers that may not be particularly familiar with the law,” said one BikeProvo.org member.

Leigh Ferre, a crime analyst at the Provo City Police, said her department has recently started keeping track of cyclist numbers. From January to the end of June this year 469 bikes were registered in Provo. The department focuses on teaching people measures they can take to prevent theft. A Provo City code states that bicycle licensing is required, but it also aids in investigating bike theft.

“We’ve started doing a lot of education (on bike safety),” Ferre said.

One of the laws listed (41-6a-1105) in the document prepared by Jordan Englund states, “A person operating a bicycle … on a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic … shall ride as near as practicable to the right-hand edge of the roadway except when: (a) overtaking and passing … (b) preparing to make a left turn … (c) traveling straight through an intersection … or (d) reasonably necessary to avoid conditions that make it unsafe.”

Some drivers, like sophomore Samantha Madsen, don’t believe city measures like adding bike lanes around the city are effective.

“I feel like they’re a waste of money because most bikers don’t know how to use them,” Madsen said.

“The priority is that cyclists and motorists are able to live together,” Pierson said of the improvements. “Make the infrastructure available to both demographics.”

– See more at: http://universe.byu.edu/2014/09/12/bikers-ask-drivers-to-learn-the-rules-of-the-road/#sthash.bKQzlWpV.iRWThpnL.dpuf