How to Cycle SLC

Get on your bikes and ride!

Hi. I'm Chompo. I've been cycling in Salt Lake City for the past couple of years.

Cycling isn't just a sport, and it's not just for athletes. It's a fantastic way to get to know a city, to see things up close that you might otherwise pass by. It's also an eco-friendly way to make short trips. (That will definitely help SLC's smog problem.) I love hopping on my bike for a quick trip to the store or to drop by a friend's house -- and I want to pass on a few tips.

Granted, SLC is not as bike-friendly as some other cities and that can make a newbie feel nervous. But with a few bits of simple (and cheap) gear, a basic knowledge of bike-friendly streets, and an understanding of how to ride in traffic, SLC can become your cycling city.

Bicycle light

Get the right gear to make your ride safe and enjoyable.

People riding bikes along a waterway

Find streets that are bike-friendly without lots of cars.

Traffic jam

Learn how to "take the lane," avoid collisions.

Get the Right Gear

Lights, bell, mirror

Salt Lake City hasn't yet acquired a pervasive bicycle culture. (Or a pedestrian culture, for that matter.) Cars are used to having the roads to themselves, so do yourself a favor and make yourself visible. These items are inexpensive and just as important as a handlebar or tires. Seriously. Don't ride without them.

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Find Bike-Friendly Streets

Avoid the cars

Cycle around the Avenues neighborhood. It's hilly but the roads are not busy and the traffic is used to lots of cyclists. For a north-south route, use 600 East: it doesn't have much traffic and it's a bike lane. Check out Wasatch Boulevard. Take the trail over I-215 and continue south through Sugarhouse.

Also check out Google maps and choose the 🚲 option -- it's pretty reliable.

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Learn to Ride in Traffic

It's a jungle out there

Don't ride on the sidewalk. Don't ride close to parked cars (you may get doored). Watch out for cars pulling out from side streets and driveways -- even if you have the right-of-way. And most importantly: TAKE THE LANE. Drivers are used to seeing traffic in the middle of the lane. That's where you should be. The only exception is when there is a bike lane!

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About Me

I want to ride my bicycle

Washington, DC transplant. 20 years of cycling around the nation's capitol. Transplanting the bicycle culture to SLC, one pedal rotation at a time.

primitive eXPeriments // Queen-Bicycle Race from Bastien BRENOT on Vimeo.