November 13, 2017

Provo Bike Prom a Success

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On the evening of October 27th, about 80 people gathered at the Provo Bicycle Collective to ride their bikes.  However, instead of dressing in casual clothing or athletic gear, this group decked themselves out in tuxedos and gowns.  It was Prom night in Provo; Bike Prom, that is!

Bike Prom is an annual fundraising event consisting of a casual ride around town and a dance.  All proceeds go to the Bicycle Collective to be used for their charitable programs. 

This year’s event featured a 5-mile ride around downtown and the pioneer neighborhoods and ended at the Startup Building were the dance was held. 

The event drew nearly 100 participants and raised $340 dollars, enough to provide six underprivileged people with a free Goodwill Bike from Provo Bicycle Collective.

Check out event photos here.Check out event photos here.

Thanks to all who attended and we hope to see more people next year!

Provo Bicycle Collective is proud to announce a newly-formed partnership with BYU police who will now donate bikes abandoned on BYU campus.  BYU Police joins Provo and Springville police departments in donating abandoned bikes to charity.

Each semester, between 200-300 bikes are bikes are left on BYU campus; 3-5% of all bikes on campus during warmer months.  BYU Police has agreed to donate these bikes to Provo Bicycle Collective who will refurbish and send the bikes back on the road; giving many away and selling others at low cost.

In 2016, Bicycle Collective’s statewide operations received 5,552 donated bicycles and sent 3,089 repaired bikes back into the community, giving away 1,609 to underprivileged individuals.

With increased donations, Provo Bicycle Collective hopes to increase its output, putting hundreds more bikes on the road and encouraging Provo citizens to drive cars less.

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Matt Jacobs, Kira Johnson and Austin Taylor of Provo Bicycle Collective were featured on BYU Radio's Constant Wonder. Listen to us explain how PBC empowers people to fix things, gives bikes to those in need and creates community at the same time.

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Here are some money quotes:

“The streets are a public space and there is nowhere else where you can see people so close physically that are so different economically. The bicycle is a way of joining people together and building community. That’s a slogan of the Bicycle Collective; recycling bicycles, building community. That’s what we hope to do, is build community through bicycles.” - Austin, PBC Director

“The speed of discovery…that feeling you get from cruising around on a bike; noticing things that you wouldn’t otherwise.” 

“There’s a drive to give back and help out in our community. The people with real needs are not always visible. By having nonprofits that care for them, that are invested in them, we can help them out. Together, we can fulfill this higher purpose.” - Matt, Volunteer and Programs Coordinator

Women’s night “makes me feel this desire to do more hands-on. If some kind of manual labor needs to be done, I’m not going to do that a man will do it, and I will do it instead.” - Kira, Women’s Night Manager

“Women can do great things. Women have the tendency to look at details, and when they get things done…it’s done with more care.” - Alexis, PBC volunteer

"If you see that norse god (Kai Cox) down there at the shop, tell him hi for me." - Marcus

Youth Open Shop

Youth Open Shop is an afterschool program designed to teach bicycle mechanics to youth ages 8-18. Youth Open Shop hours are set aside only for youth so they have a place to learn among their peers. Youth can expect the same do-it-yourself experience as our normal Open Shop users have; staff will provide guidance but not do repairs for them.

Current Youth Open Shop Hours: Mondays 3:30pm-5:30pm

Please direct all questions regarding Youth Open Shop to

During Youth Open Shop, youth are allowed to:

  1. Work on their own bike
  2. Work on bikes for giveaway
  3. Earn a bike for themselves by first working on bikes for giveaway

Please note:

  • While the shop time fee is waived, youth are still responsible to pay for all new parts they use or earn used parts by volunteering
  • PBC will not store your child's projects
  • Workstands are first-come-first-served and PBC shop staff have the right to turn youth away if the shop is too full
  • PBC staff will not tolerate misbehavior and reserve the right to ban youth from Youth Open Shop
  • Youth are responsible for repairing their own bicycles; PBC staff will not repair bikes for them
  • Parents are welcome to wait in the shop but are not allowed to work on bikes with thier children.

Every kid deserves a bike. That’s why, in celebration of Provo School District’s Bike to School Week (September 10-15, 2018), Provo Bicycle Collective has committed to giving away 75 free bicycles to children whose families cannot afford to purchase a bike for them.

The bicycles will be distributed through the Parent Teacher Associations of Rock Canyon, Timpanogos, Sunset View, Provost, Franklin, Provo Peaks, Spring Creek, and Edgemont elementary schools.

Some children have already received their bicycles (see attached photos), but most will receive them during Bike to School Week.

Why is this necessary?

The National Center for Safe Routes to School found that only 2.2% of children biked to school in 2013. According to the Utah Department of Health, childhood obesity in Utah is rising as more children are driven or bussed to school. We hope these children use their new bikes to get to school each day and that they adopt an active, healthy lifestyle.

Contact

Media professionals who are interested in filming or photographing children receiving their bicycles during Bike to School Week should contact Provo Bicycle Collective’s director, Austin Taylor, at .

My name is Samuel Osorio. I was born in Bogota, Colombia. When I was four I moved to Miami, Florida with my family and lived there for 18 years. Miami is crazy busy and driving sometimes the most stressful thing to do. I’ve been riding bikes my whole life; it saved me time and hassle trying to find parking. Before working at the PBC, I worked at a gym teaching kids how to rock climb. My goal is to help as many people own a bike and enjoy it. 

Impact & Annual Reports

Impact

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2019 at a glance

 

Annual Reports

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Press

Provo Bicycle Collective is frequently featured in the news. Read the stories about our work below!

Media staff, please email  for stories.

 

2018

VIDEO Local nonprofit launches new urban cycling safety course to protect riders, KSL News

Provo Bicycle Collective goes beyong providing some new wheels, Daily Herald

STAFF PICK New Provo Bicycle Collective program strives to empower women, The Daily Universe

Provo Bicycle Collective starts women's volunteer program, Deseret News

Provo Bicycle Collective launches safe urban cycling course, Deseret News

Head to Provo's Bike-in movie, Daily Herald

Go to a bike party, Daily Herald

Cycling advocates say more Utah women should commute by bike, Deseret News

Provo Bicycle Collective launches safe urban cycling class, Deseret News

VIDEO, STAFF PICK #ProvoServes Provo Bicycle Collective, Provo City

 

2017

Provo Bicycle Collective donates bikes to local schools, Daily Herald

BYU student gives back to Provo with bicycles, The Daily Universe

STAFF PICK Homeless man lives on bike earned from Provo Bicycle Collective, The Daily Universe

STAFF PICK Donated bikes 'life-changing' for BYU ELC students, The Daily Universe

The Provo Bicycle Collective Rolls On, SLUG Magazine

Provo Bicycle Collective partners with Habitat for Humanity, Daily Herald

17 Provo murals to appreciate while strolling through town, Daily Herald

Provo Bicycle Collective donates refurbished kids bikes to groups, Daily Herald

Provo Women's Day celebrations honor Utah county women and girls, Daily Herald

Provo Bicycle Collective donates bikes, Daily Herald

How a Utah bike shop helps refugees, charities, and the community, Deseret News

Get your bike up and running with the Collective, Mayor John Curtis

Cycle and Recycle, BYU Magazine

Provo Bicycle Collective named Provo's only gold-level Bicycle Friendly Business, BikeProvo.org

BYU Police to partner with Provo Bicycle Collective, Deseret News

VIDEO Austin Taylor on civic engagement in Provo, Provo Connections

VIDEO Austin Taylor, Provo Bicycle Collective Director 

VIDEO Provo store donates bikes to foster kids, BYU Eleven News

  

2016

Provo Mayor: Ten exciting things that happened in Provo in 2016, Daily Herald

Provo Bicycle Collective educating children through Earn-a-Bike program, Daily Herald

Provo Bicycle Collective gives back to community, The Daily Universe

Provo Bicycle Collective puts out call for new downtown mural, Daily Herald

Provo Bicycle Collective almost finished with new mural, Daily Herald

Bike Prom celebrates new location for Provo Bicycle Collective, The Daily Universe

Pay it Forward: The Bicycle Collective, KUTV

Provo Bicycle Collective moves to Joaquin neighborhood, Provo City Council

VIDEO KBYU Community Connection: Provo Bicycle Collective, KBYU

VIDEO Provo nonprofit encourages community to fix bicycles, KSL News

VIDEO City Council decides to allow Provo Bicycle Collective to move into Joaquin neighborhood, Provo City Council

VIDEO Earn-a-Bike Instructor Adam K at Provo Bicycle Collective

VIDEO Provo Bicycle Collective Intro

 

2015

VIDEO Provo Bicycle Collective Commercial

 

2012

VIDEO UVU: Zac Whitmore - Philosophy Student, Director of Provo Bicycle Collective

VIDEO Provo Bicycle Collective Info Video

STAFF PICK 10 Years of Bicycle Collective (about our founding)