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Provo’s Bike to Work Day kicks off month of cycling while dodging bike lane construction

May 2, 2019

Provo’s Bike to Work Day on Wednesday may not have been the warmest May 1, but that didn’t stop bicycle enthusiasts from promoting the start of Bike Month.

Mayor Michelle Kaufusi and 12 associates road from station to station around Provo, greeting employees as they arrived to work on bicycles Wednesday grabbing bits of breakfast on the way.

Some employees, particularly at Utah Valley Hospital and Brigham Young University had to take extra precaution riding their bikes too work while the Utah Department of Transportation continues work on Bulldog Boulevard. The construction, when complete, will bring more bike paths to Provo and have better dedicated bike lanes on the popular road.

While the construction will go through Bike Month, it will be completed this fall.

“I’d say that this year’s Bike to Work Day was a smashing success,” said Aaron Skablund, member of BikeWalk Provo a non-profit organization formally known as the Provo Bicycle Committee.

Isaac Paxman, Provo’s deputy mayor, took the bike to work challenge and said he hopes others to find ways to incorporate biking into their traveling.

“I loved biking to work this morning and then touring many of the stations that businesses had set up,” Paxman said. “If you haven’t already, I encourage you to think of ways you can bike or walk instead of driving. It’s often more fun than driving and it’s always better for the environment.”

Skabelund said 15 employers throughout Provo, including some of Utah County’s largest employers like BYU, Utah Valley Hospital, Qualtrics and the State Hospital, all participated by hosting breakfast stations that encouraged employees to bike to work today, this month and beyond.

Skabelund said BYU is taking things to a new level by sponsoring a Bike Walk’N Bus Department competition to see which academic and administration department has the greatest percentage of employees who use one of these alternative modes of transportation to get to work the most times during the month.

“We hope that residents will join BikeWalk Provo in an array of other events we have planned this month, and join us in making our community even more bicycle (and pedestrian) safe and friendly,” Skabelund said. “All of these things -- this event, this challenge -- are small, but they can individually and collectively make a huge difference in our quality of life and health and air and community happiness.”

Other activities include a First Friday Art Stroll Bike edition from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and a Bike-in movie sponsored by the Provo Bicycle Collective from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at 397 E. 200 North.

For more information on month-long activities visit the Provo Bike Month Facebook page.