In 2020 all of our travel patterns changed due to the pandemic, but one new pattern stood out from the rest. A “Bike Boom” appeared across the country - including in Utah - demonstrated by dramatic spike in bike sales and bike trips. According to StreetLight Data 2020 Climate Impact Index, bike travel increased in Salt Lake City by 25%, Provo by 50% and Ogden by 75%.
We’re Getting First/Last Mile Done
In 2016 UTA was awarded $20 million grant to improve active transit. These are “TIGER” grants (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery). With partners like UDOT and local municipalities we have completed over a 100 projects. Some of these are wayfinding projects but even more are creating paths and connections for walkers and bikers and increasing bike infrastructure. For example, we have two bikeable pedestrian bridges and 21 bike repair stands planned for 2021 made possible by TIGER.
Sometimes the thought of taking your bike on transit can seem daunting but in practice it’s pretty easy. UTA bus, FrontRunner and TRAX all have designated spots to park your bike while you ride. Learn what to look for and then you’re set, park your bike and let UTA help you finish out your journey.
You can find find more detailed versions of videos above, plus everything bike + transit-related at rideuta.com/bikes. And of course, if you still have questions, let us know at email@example.com.
If you’re not a regular bike person, no worries. You can still join the Bike Month celebration by hoping on a GREENbike, they have 47 stations in Salt Lake City, many at UTA transit hubs and next to bus stops. Also, they’re working on expanding to Ogden this fall!
Share Your Bike + Transit Journey!
During National Bike Month share your bike and transit journey with us. Send us your bike and bus, or bike and TRAX or bike and FrontRunner photos or videos and we’ll send you a UTA surprise swag bag at the end of the month. You can tag us on social @RideUTA or direct message us or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.