Bike Utah is the statewide bicycle advocacy and education leader. Our efforts, thanks to community support, have brought bicycling to the forefront of statewide discussions involving transportation, air quality, health, economic development, tourism, and numerous other areas.

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2018

  • Educated 3,127 Utah kids about safe on-road bicycle riding through the Youth Bicycle Education and Safety Training (BEST) Program.

  • Began implementation of the Governor’s 1,000 Miles Campaign to build 1,000 new miles of family-friendly bike lanes, paths, and trails by 2027. In 2017, the Governor designated Bike Utah as the 1,000 Campaign nonprofit partner.

  • The Mid Week MTB Race Series was gifted to Bike Utah, with the goal of better engaging the mountain bike community, encouraging more people ride, and educating riders about Bike Utah’s work to make Utah a better place to ride. The Series also serves as a fundraiser for Bike Utah initiatives.

  • Facilitated Mobile Active Transportation Tours in Richfield, UT and Boise, ID for planners, engineers, and elected officials to experience bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

  • Bike Utah produced the tenth annual Utah Bike Summit in West Valley City featuring Gil Penalosa, an advocate for vibrant cities with a focus on improving physical and mental health, the environment, sustainable mobility, economic development, equity and happiness.

2017

  • Created a Bicycle Friendly Driver Training program aimed to educate Utah Transit Authority drivers. These drivers spend more time on Utah roads than most other drivers. This program has been implemented into UTA’s new bus operator education.

  • Led Utah’s second Bike Park Tour to encourage more communities to begin building urban mountain biking facilities. Representatives from 5 communities across Utah participated.

  • Facilitated Mobile Active Transportation Tours for planners, engineers, and elected officials to experience bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in Springdale, Murray, Davis County, and Minneapolis, MN.

  • Bike Utah produced the ninth annual Utah Bike Summit in Ogden featuring tactical urbanism expert Mike Lydon.

  • The League of American Bicyclists ranked Utah the #8 most bicycle-friendly state.

2016

  • The Youth Bicycle Education and Safety Training (BEST) Program started visiting schools throughout Utah.

  • Communities seeking education to build bike parks and mountain bike facilities, resulted in Bike Utah hosting Utah’s first Bike Park Tour. Representatives from 9 Utah communities toured Draper Cycle Park and Trailside Park (Park City).

  • Worked with legislature to pass SB 121, which helped to clarify e-bikes as bicycles and exempted them from being motorized vehicles throughout the state of Utah.

  • Launched Wasatch Bike Plan Campaign with the goal of every Wasatch Front community having an active transportation plan that they are actively implementing.

  • Facilitated Mobile Active Transportation Tours for planners, engineers, and elected officials to experience bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in Logan, Bluffdale, Salt Lake City, Lehi, and Boulder/Fort Collins, CO.

  • Bike Utah produced the eighth annual Utah Bike Summit in Salt Lake City featuring keynote speaker Mikael Colville-Andersen, a Danish mobility expert.

2015

  • Raised over $125,000 to commission the Utah Active Transportation Benefits Study, examining the economic, environmental, and health benefits of bicycling and walking in Utah. The resulting collateral material, released in 2017, provides tools for communities to better understand the tangible, positive impacts of Active Transportation.

  • Secured funding to create the Youth BEST program. The program trains 4th-7th grade students to safely and confidently get around by bicycle.

  • Worked with UDOT to facilitate the distribution of $2 million in Safe Routes to School funding.

  • Collaborated with UDOT to designate Utah’s first US Bicycle Route. The combination of USBR 70 and USBR 79 span southern UT from CO to NV (539 miles). The US Bicycle Route System (USBRS) provides the ability to ride officially numbered, signed bicycle routes throughout the US The UT route gained official signage in 2016, making it the first signed USBR in the west.

  • Bike Utah produced the seventh annual Utah Bike Summit, in Provo. More than 285 people learned how to make Utah a better place to ride, and heard keynote speaker Gary Fisher. Fisher, a bicycling legend, is credited as being one of the inventors of of the modern mountain bike.

  • Facilitated Mobile Active Transportation Tours for planners, engineers, and elected officials to experience bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in St. George, Provo, Moab, Park City, Draper, and Riverdale. As a result of these tours, numerous communities immediately started implementing bicycle and pedestrian master plans.

  • The League of American Bicyclists ranked Utah the #5 most bicycle-friendly state.

2014

  • Worked with Utah’s legislators to pass HB 289 Traffic-Control Signal Amendments - If a traffic-control signal is unresponsive to a bicycle, after 90 seconds and if the intersection is clear, a bicycle may pass through a red signal or red arrow, taking away the previous time limit imposed in 2013.

  • Bike Utah produced the sixth annual Utah Bike Summit in Salt Lake City, featuring keynote speaker Sarai Snyder. Snyder founded Cyclofemme, a movement dedicated to positively changing women’s lives through riding bicycles.  

  • Coordinated a series of Mobile Active Transportation Tours for planners, engineers, and elected officials from Utah, Davis, and Salt Lake Counties. Mobile Active Transportation Tours are community bicycle tours that allow attendees to experience active transportation infrastructure and programs, with the goal of implementing similar efforts in their own communities.

  • The League of American Bicyclists ranked Utah the #8 most bicycle-friendly state.

2013

  • Worked with Utah’s legislators to pass numerous pieces of legislation to improve conditions for bicyclists:
    SB 104 – Vulnerable User Act - Modifies Utah’s three-foot law to provide law enforcement with better tools to protect defined vulnerable road users; bicyclists, pedestrians, and emergency highway workers.
    HB 299 - Bicycle Definition Modifications - Provides that equipping the operator of a bicycle, rather than the bicycle with lights and reflective material meets requirements, also clarifies which electric bikes are considered bicycles. Added that 3- & 4-wheeled bicycles are also considered bicycles under the traffic code.
    HB 294 - Bicycles on Streets - Amends provisions relating to overtaking and passing bicycles and mopeds on the highway, so that when safe, the motorist may cross to the left of the center line to provide ample passing room.
    HB 297 - Bicycle and Moped Amendments - Amends provisions relating to overtaking and passing bicycles or mopeds on highways, so that when safe, the motorist may utilize the center lane to provide ample passing room.
    HB 324 - Passing on Right Amendments - Amends provisions to allow a bicyclist to pass a vehicle on the right under certain conditions.
    HB 316 - Traffic Amendments - Amends provisions to allow a bicyclist to proceed, when safe, if an un-responsive traffic signal is encountered. Carification on ‘reasonable police powers’ to regulate bikes/

  • In conjunction with Salt Lake City and Taylorsville, organized Utah’s first Open Streets Events, where streets are closed to cars so people can safely experience their community by bicycle and on foot. Salt Lake City has since hosted two additional open streets events for thousands of people.

  • Bike Utah produced the fifth annual Utah Bike Summit in Salt Lake City, featuring keynote speaker Tim Blumenthal. Blumenthal is president of PeopleForBikes, a national bike advocacy organization making better bike riding for everyone.

  • The League of American Bicyclists ranked Utah the #14 most bicycle-friendly state.

2012

  • Produced the fourth annual Utah Bike Summit in Ogden. More than 175 bicycle advocates, transportation professionals, and elected officials attended the Summit.

  • Helped the Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance become an advocacy organization. Assisted in creating the Southern Utah Bike Summit in which nearly 90 bicycle advocates, transportation professionals, and elected officials attended.

  • Bike Utah led a group of 15 Utah Active Transportation Committee members to Minneapolis for a two-day site visit to learn from Bicycling Magazine’s most bike-friendly city. The purpose of this trip was to learn best practices to apply to Utah’s bicycle plans and infrastructure.

  • Demonstrating commitment to bicycle safety, Bike Utah distributed more than 500 lights to bicyclists in conjunction with Salt Lake City Transportation Division.

  • The League of American Bicyclists ranked Utah the #13 most bicycle-friendly state.

2011

  • Utah Bicycle Coalition re-branded to Bike Utah.

  • Co-founded the Road Respect Tour with the Utah Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety to promote mutual respect between motorists and cyclists. Road Respect Riders join with the public to participate in community rides and lead community forums that address vehicle/bicycle issues. Tours and partnership continued through 2015.

  • Bike Utah produced the third annual Utah Bike Summit at Salt Lake Community College. More than 140 bicycle advocates, transportation professionals, and elected officials attended the Summit.

  • The League of American Bicyclists ranks Utah the #31 most bicycle-friendly state.

2010

  • The SLC Bike Summit became the Utah Bike Summit to include statewide entities and address statewide bicycle-related issues.

  • The League of American Bicyclists ranked Utah the #21 most bicycle-friendly state.

2009

  • Raised funds to create and offer Utah’s Share the Road license plates. Get yours here! Funds raised through this program are used to promote safe bicycling, safe motor vehicle operation around bicycles, and healthy lifestyles.

  • Hosted the first-ever SLC Bike Summit, a regional conference focused on bicycling-related issues in Salt Lake City.

  • The League of American Bicyclists ranked Utah the #18 most bicycle-friendly state.

2008

  • The League of American Bicyclists ranked Utah the #11 most bicycle-friendly state.

2006

  • Utah Bicycle Coalition received 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization designation.

2005

  • Bike Utah was founded as the Utah Bicycle Coalition, in response to the death of Josie Johnson in 2004. Johnson was killed by a motorist while she was riding 18 inches to the right of the white line in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

  • The Utah Bicycle Coalition was instrumental in the passing of Utah’s 3-Foot Law. This law prohibits a driver from operating a motor vehicle within three feet of a vulnerable user of a highway.

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