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Utah Bike Summit

This year’s Utah Bike Summit—bringing together cycling advocates, representatives from various bike industries, politicians and enthusiasts alike—puts a unique spin on the motto gracing Utah’s license plates with “Bike Elevated.” A kick-off event, Light Up the Night, will take place Thursday, May 3, at Uinta Brewing Company (1722 Fremont Drive). Tickets for the kick-off are $30 in advance, or $35 at the door, and include locally brewed beer and refreshments.

Scott Lyttle, executive director of Bike Utah, says that the main reason for the summit is primarily to get everybody pedaling in the same direction regarding Utah’s bicycling future.

“It is very important for us to achieve our goals to educate the community and politicians on the same page,” Lyttle says. “That is one of our primary goals with the annual bike summit. Our planning committee organizes a well-rounded program for the day that will help educate all attendees and provides an open discussion forum.”

That conversation—along with needed funding—is just part of what it takes to turn a burgeoning community into a full-fledged bike-friendly community. But for all the progress being made to incorporate pedal power into urban planning across the country, and specifically here in the Beehive State, there’s always room for improvement.

“Salt Lake City is doing a great job with bicycle infrastructure,” Lyttle says. “But the biggest challenge in most places around the state is the built environment beside the roads. A focus on car-centric zoning laws over the past 60 years has made our streets difficult places for bicyclists and pedestrians. Changing zoning is one of the biggest things that need to happen to make our urban areas more bicycle friendly.” (Jacob Stringer)

Date: May 4, 2012
Time: 9 am
Address: 2501 Wall Avenue, Ogden, 84201
Where: Union Station Museum