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.
Check out LED by LITE is an amazing lighting solution for your bicycle. They have 360° visibility and are bright and very visible. They were also invented by some great people here in Utah!
KSL article Utahn’s bright idea making streets safer for cyclists November 2011
Visit their website at www.LEDByLITE.com
For about two weeks use the promo code "local" to get 50% off if you live in Utah.
Enter to win one for free on facebook.
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.
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
Article from http://provomayor.com/2014/05/15/9th-highest-cycling-rate-in-the-nation/
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 »
Bike Spike is a nifty product that GPS tracks your bicycle. It’s not in production yet, and it is a bit expensive for a college student’s budget, but it’s fun to know about.
The BikeSpike from Bike Spike on Vimeo.