KUER Local News
3:02 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

UTA, UDOT, and Salt Lake City Kick Off the Year of the Bike

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and a number of other regional and state leaders joined together to announce several new projects and events that will make riding a bike throughout the county easier and safer. Becker says they’ve received more positive feedback from their bike initiatives over the past few years than anything else and that this year it will only get better.

“We’ll be launching our bike share program this spring," Becker says. "We are going to be having, I think it is May 4, an open streets deal where we will actually close the streets except for to cyclists and pedestrians.”

UTA General Manager Mike Allegra also made an announcement. It was received with loud applause.

“And perhaps most importantly what I’ve heard the most since we’ve opened up TRAX is that there is no place to hang a bike in our TRAX vehicles," Allegra says. "So, starting this month we will be installing bicycle hooks where you can hang your bikes inside our new TRAX vehicles.”

Some of the other announced projects include a statewide bike safety tour, and changes to traffic signals that will allow them to better detect cyclists.