2013: Year of the Bike
Special Event: Guest Speaker April Economides
Bicycle Friendly Business Districts
Friday, May 31, 12:30-1:30pm, Salt Lake City Main Library, Conference Room 4 (4th Floor)
Imagine a place where business owners bicycle to meetings, employees commute by bike and customers are incentivized to bike and shop local. A Bicycle-Friendly Business District (BFBD) is such a place. To establish North America's first BFBDs, the City of Long Beach hired sustainable urban planning expert April Economides.
Join us Friday May 31 at the Main Library to learn from April about Bicycle-Friendly Business Districts that support both bicycling and local business.
What is the "Year of the Bike"?
Salt Lake City joins founding partners Salt Lake County, University of Utah, Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Transit Authority and Wasatch Front Regional Council in officially designating 2013 as "Year of the Bike" to recognize and promote the many bicycle events, programs, and infrastructure projects happening in the Salt Lake region in the coming year.
Check out this video of the announcement.
Over the past few years, bicycling in the Salt Lake area has increased dramatically. In 2013, the Salt Lake region is poised to cross a tipping point for bicycle use, with a multitude of programs and infrastructure planned for the coming months. Find out more about each of the events, programs, and projects below.
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"I support bicycling. I support bicycling for everyday trips and for fun. I support bicycling on city streets, scenic roads, bike paths and trails. I value safe and comfortable bicycle routes that accommodate people of all ages and abilities. I support involving new people and communities in bicycling, through education and promotion. I recognize the many benefits of bicycling, including the benefits to drivers. I believe that bicycling improves air quality and health and strengthens my community. That is why I pledge my support for better bicycling throughout the region. I believe that together we can make our community a better place to ride."
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Bicycling can be a part of many summer festivals and events, if you ride your bike there! The Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective provides valet bicycle parking at many local events. Visit the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective for more details and updates on valet bicycle parking events, locations, and times.
Friday May 25, 6:00pm, Library Square. Grab your wool knickers, finest jacket, and leather saddle for Salt Lake's second annual Tweed Ride on May 25. Come prepared to mozie around the city on your finest velocipede, while dressed in your best early 1900s threads. Congregate at Library Square at 6pm and enjoy a scenic ride around Salt Lake City. Prizes for best dressed, finest moustache, and beautiful steed. Visit utahbikemonth.org for more details.
Whole Foods Bike to Breakfast
Saturday, June 1. Sugar House Whole Foods Anyone who rides their bike to Whole Foods in Sugar House on the morning of Saturday June 1 will receive a free breakfast from local purveyors at the second annual Whole Foods Bike to Breakfast! The Sugar House Whole Foods is at 1131 Wilmington Avenue, near the intersection of Highland Drive and 2100 South in Salt Lake City.
Saturday, June 1. Pre Ride: northeast corner of Liberty Park, 6:00pm, Prom: 163 West Pierpont Place, 8:00pm. Bring your bike and your fancy duds and meet up with all of your friends at the northeast corner of Liberty Park at 6:00pm. At 6:30, a couple hundred fine folks will join you for an easy-paced pre-prom ride through town, ending at Pierpont Place. There you can park your bike at the Bike Valet and head on in for dancing, drinks, pictures, and tons and tons of fun.
Road Respect Festival, Salt Lake City
Friday, June 14, Liberty Park's west side: 7:00am - Road Ride, 12:00pm - Commuter Ride, 4:00pm - Family Festival, 6:30pm - Road Respect Awards Ceremony, 7:00pm - Cycle the City Family Ride.
This all-day festival culminates in an evening of family-friendly bicycle festivities at Liberty Park. This event is part of the annual statewide Road Respect bicycle tour, which travels around Utah promoting mutual respect between people driving and bicycling. The day begins with a long road ride leaving at 7:00 am from the west side of Liberty Park. At noon, a Commuter Ride will leave from Liberty Park, led by the Salt Lake County Bicycle Ambassadors. The ride will feature popular commuting routes and provide tips on linking bicycling with transit.
From 4:00pm to 8:00pm, the family festival begins, with booths, vendors, bicycle demonstrations, a bicycle rodeo, mountain bike demonstrations by the Utah High School Mountain Biking league, and more. At 6:30, the Road Respect tour will present Salt Lake City with official designation as the state's first Road Respect Community. The evening will culminate with an easy-paced, family-friendly bicycle ride from Liberty Park, led by Visit Salt Lake and the Salt Lake City Transportation Division, returning to Liberty Park. For event updates, check out the BikeSLC facebook page at www.facebook.com/bikeslc.
Salt Lake Bike Party
Friday, June 14, 6:00pm. Location To Be Announced. This monthly, casual-paced and family-friendly ride through the Salt Lake Valley was initiated in May 2013. The second monthly ride is super-hero themed, so bring your best Superman P.J.'s and join the group!
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Salt Lake Bike Party is an opportunity for all types of bicyclists to ride throughout the Salt Lake area in a safe, fun environment that encourages more widespread engagement in bicycling. The ride encourages riding safely and following all traffic rules; building a strong community of bicyclists; fostering mutual respect between bicyclists and motorists, and having fun: smiling, waving, laughing, meeting new people, and bringing some music along. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SaltLakeBikeParty.
Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
August6-11, (Friday August 9 Stage Four in Salt Lake City).
Salt Lake City will return to host Stage Four of the six-day Tour of Utah professional cycling stage race. On Friday, August 9, spectators will enjoy a popular multi-lap circuit that will begin and end near the state Capitol. More details will follow at www.tourofutah.com
UTA Active Transportation & Health Summit
Friday, September 13, 8:00am to 3:30pm. Location To be Announced. This one-day summit will bring together the community to boost the discussion of active transportation as it relates to health, economics, and policy. The event will feature keynote speaker Mark Fenton, an advocate and frequent consultant on bicycle and pedestrian community plans, and a recognized authority on public health issues and the need for community, environmental, and public-policy initiatives to encourage more walking, bicycling, and transit use. Tracks will cover health impact assessments, health care costs, bikeonomics, walkonomics, return on investment for active transportation projects, as well as policy and implementation issues, such as community planning and design. Check www.rideuta.com for event updates.
Utah Pride Festival
June 1-2, Library Square
Bicycling can be a part of many summer festivals and events, if you ride your bike there! The Pride Festival encourages people arriving by bike, and the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective provides valet bicycle parking at the event. As the event gets closer, visit the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective for updates on valet bicycle parking locations and times.
Utah Arts Festival
Bicycling can be a part of many summer festivals and events, if you ride your bike there! The Utah Arts Festival encourages people arriving by bike, and the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective provides valet bicycle parking at the event. As the event gets closer, visit the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective for updates on valet bicycle parking locations and times.
Twilight Concert Series
July - August
This event is a major draw for people on bikes, and Salt Lake City Transportation will provide bike safety materials at the concerts.
Downtown Farmers Market
Saturdays, June - September, Pioneer Park at 300 West and 400 South
The Downtown Farmers Market encourages people arriving by bike, all summer long. On Saturday mornings, a stream of families on bicylces takes over 300 South as they pedal to the market. The Downtown Farmers Market encourages people arriving by bike, and the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective often provides valet bicycle parking at the event. As the event gets closer, visit the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective for updates on valet bicycle parking locations and times. For more information about the Farmers Market, visit their page.
Clear the Air Challenge
A month-long contest, the Clear the Air Challenge promotes transportation options other than driving alone.
University of Utah - Bike to the U Day
September, Date and Time to Be Announced
On Bike to the U Day, the University of Utah Commuter Services and Sustainability offices reward and encourage students and faculty arriving by bicycle at the University of Utah, the number one bicycle commuting destination in Utah. Tables along bicycle routes into campus provide free snacks and beverages, as well as bike safety information and other resources.The University of Utah is also putting together a proposal for Commuter Services to staff the Bicycle Shop on campus and reinstate the UBike Rental Program ('Save a Sole, Ride a Bike'). They are also partnering with the Bicycle Collective to offer a Bicycle Valet for Football Games and other events on campus. In the coming weeks the U. is installing a Bicycle Cage at the BUC Building. It will be UCard activated and will act as a case study for the construction of other facilities like this on main campus.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update
Ongoing in 2013: Public Workshops To Be Announced
Salt Lake City is updating the Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan to guide the future of new bikeways, pedestrian crossings, walkable/bikeable business areas, and education outreach and events in Salt Lake City. Development of this update will take place throughout 2013, with significant community outreach and involvement. The resulting plan update will set the course for making Salt Lake City a major bicycling city in the years to come, guiding projects and programs to elevate bicycling as a fundamental and beneficial way to travel through the city.
Ongoing in 2013
Salt Lake City's SmartTrips program is running for its second year. This program encourages the use of active and public transportation. Increasing the use of bicycling for transportation purposes has been a key component of this program.
WFRC Active Transportation Committee
The WFRC formed the Active Transportation Committee in 2012, bringing together elected officials and representatives from Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, and Utah Counties, the Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Transit Authority, and Utah Department of Health. The committee assists in planning for infrastructure and policies that support walking and bicycling. The committee?s recommendations will be reflected in future updates to the regional transportation system.
Utah Cooperative Active Transportation Study (UCATS)
Scheduled Completion in Fall 2013
A coalition of regional transportation agencies including the Utah Transit Authority, the Utah Department of Transportation, and the Wasatch Front Regional Council, are completing a regional study to determine new bikeway connections to transit. The study will be completed in fall 2013.
600 East Bicycle Boulevard
Scheduled Completion in 2013 An innovative bicycle facility on 600 East will provide a low-traffic, low-speed neighborhood connection that prioritizes bicycles. Extending north and south through most of Salt Lake City, this project will provide a comfortable and safe bicycle route that accommodates riders of all abilities, from children to senior citizens. Benefits will also extend beyond bicycling by reducing auto speeds and cut-through traffic on this neighborhood road, thus increasing pedestrian safety and livability for neighborhood residents.
Parley's Trail Extension
Scheduled Completion: December 2013
A new paved, multi-use pathway will provide a safe and comfortable bicycle route through Sugarhouse, from McClelland to 500 East along streetcar right-of-way. Separated from automobile traffic, this pathway will provide a bicycle route for people of all ages and abilities, while linking neighborhoods with the commercial heart of Sugarhouse.
Previous Events in 2013
GREENbike - SLC Bike Share Program Launch
In April 2013, Bike Share launched with 10 bike share stations placed strategically throughout downtown Salt Lake City. More than 100+ bikes will be dispersed throughout the system to create a network of high-end, commuter-friendly bicycles designed to make getting around downtown Salt Lake fun and easy.
Utah Bike Summit at the University of Utah
Friday, April 26 - 8am-4pm - University of Utah Campus
In April of 2013, The 5th annual Utah Bike Summit took place at the University of Utah Guest House. This conference provides a great opportunity to network, collaborate, educate and empower all cycling enthusiasts. The goal is for cycling advocates to come together with joint interests to improve cycling infrastructure and safety, get more Utahns on bikes, and bring more cycling tourism to our state.
Open Streets Salt Lake City
Saturday, May 4 - 10am - 2:30am, 300 South from 600 West to 200 East
On Saturday May 4, 2013, Salt Lake City hosted Utah's first Open Streets event to engage new people in bicycling and physical activity. The event temporarily opened a route of city streets exclusively to walking, biking, and other forms of active transportation. This event included activities such as exercise classes, dance classes, music, food, games and other attractions along the downtown corridor of 300 South/Broadway between the City & County Building and the Rio Grande Depot. The event coincided with the LiveGreen Festival, happening at the east end of the route on the same day. Find out more about Open Streets events at the Open Streets Project website.
Saturday, May 4, Library Square, 11am-6pm
The 10th Annual LiveGreen Festival took place at Library Square, at one end of the Open Streets route. Ride your bike down and enjoy both events! The LiveGreen Festival provides valet parking for bicycles, providing a safe place to store your bike after a morning at Open Streets. Find out more about vale parking locations at the LiveGreen Festival web-page.
Bicycle Ambassadors - Program Launch
In April 2013, Salt Lake County launched the Road Respect Bicycle Ambassador program. Bicycle Ambassadors are a group of enthusiastic and knowledgeable citizens who travel by bicycle, encourage others to bicycle, serve as positive examples of responsible cycling, and act as community resources for safe cycling.
Mayor's Bike to Work Day
Tuesday, May 7 - 7:30am - 8:30am, Liberty Park to County Government Building to City Hall
The annual Mayor's Bike to Work Day ride with Salt Lake City's Mayor, Ralph Becker & Salt Lake County's Mayor, Ben McAdams, starts at the north end of Liberty Park. The ride proceeds through some of SLC's favorite neighborhoods with a stop at the County Complex and the final stop at the City and County Building. Bagels are provided at the County Complex along with the City and County building. Check out the route map for the ride.
Bicycle Commuter Pit Stops
Friday, May 17 - 7:30am - 10:30am - Intersections of 800 South/600 East and 200 South/200 West
Bicycle commuters stopped by and received free snacks and beverages, safety information, bike maps, and other resources for bicycling in Salt Lake City. The Pit Stops are a partnership with Bike Utah.
UTA Bike Bonanza
Friday, May 17 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm, Gallivan Plaza
The UTA Bike Bonanza recognizes Bike to Work Week, with bicycle-oriented vendors, goodie bags, and demonstrations. The SLC Transportation Division distributed bike maps and other resources about bicycling in Salt Lake City.
Bikeways Map Update
Salt Lake City's Bikeways Map has been updated with new bikeways completed through 2012. The new map was released in May 2013 and is available at local bike shops and the Salt Lake City & County Building.