Interested in riding a bike to work but fearful of traffic? Do you need a reason to pull out your bike and get pedaling again? Tuesday, May 15 is the perfect opportunity for you to experience commuting by bicycle with a police escort that blocks traffic as you ride along with three of our local mayors.
As part of Bicycle Month, Tuesday, May 15 is Mayor’s Bike to Work Day. It’s a great chance to ride your bicycle with Mayor Becker of Salt Lake City, Mayor Corroon of Salt Lake County and Mayor Wood of South Salt Lake, and to meet other cyclists in the Salt Lake community. Participants will gather at Liberty Park at 7:15 a.m. with a short press conference occurring at 7:30 a.m. and the ride beginning at 7:45 am. The route will go south from Liberty Park to drop off Mayor Corroon at the County Complex at 2100 South and State Street to drop off Mayor Corroon, then head south and east to the office of South Salt Lake at 2700 South and 700 East and finish by going downtown to the City and County Building at 300 South and 200 E.
The entire route will be approximately 8 miles and if you make the whole distance, there will be refreshments for the cyclists at the City and County Building for those going the distance. It’s a good thing, too, as the trip up the hill to the U is the hardest part of the day — good thing TRAX from Library Square is an option for cyclists all hours of the day.
Cycling is not only for those clad in spandex. Bike to Work Day is an excellent opportunity for people to practice riding their bike to work or other destinations and realize the benefits of cycling. Cycling is gaining momentum as an excellent form of active transportation, however it is also important to note that it is a sustainable and healthy alternative to driving as well.
Hope to see you pedaling on May 15th!