A Bike Ride Through Salt Lake City
A bike ride through Salt Lake City is invigorating to say the least. It challenges you physically and provides you with plenty to see, hear, smell, and experience along the way. If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit SLC on two-wheeled transportation before today, it’s something you’ll want to make time to do soon.
My life has been forever changed by my bicycle. It’s given me the freedom to travel to places that are hard to reach by foot. It also allows me to be physically active and burn calories which is something I can’t do when taking UTA.
Bike Sharing When You Don’t Own Wheels of Your Own
Downtown Salt Lake City consists of Temple Square and The Gateway as well as Main Street, the central business district, and South Temple. There are many places to ride your bike to. Before I bought a bicycle of my own, I made use of the GREENbike SLC bike-sharing program.
For a nominal fee, I purchased an Annual Membership which allowed me to make as many 30 minute long trips as I wanted for free throughout Salt Lake City. One of the best things about the bikes is that you can track how far you’ve traveled to, the number of calories you’ve burned, and how much you’ve lowered your carbon footprint in the process.
With over 20 bike stations throughout the city, I never found myself in need of transportation. I could easily get on a bike and ride wherever I needed to go. Riding with a backpack helped me transport items that I purchased along the way such as groceries and books.
The Sugar House District is a Great Place for Bicyclists to Travel to
Bookstores in the Sugar House District are among my favorite places to ride to. The trails in this area of the city are incredible, too. If you’re visiting the city for the first time and want to immerse yourself in its scenery and culture, riding a bike gives you a sense of freedom that you’ll never experience by car, bus or cab.
Take a ride around the lakes and parks in this area of the city. It’s enough to make you aware of the natural beauty Utah has to offer. You’ll even see incredible mountains towering above the horizon.
Capitol Hill is the Epitome of Cool
There is no shortage of bicycles in the Capitol Hill area which is considered one of the hippest neighborhoods in SLC. I often bring my camera along on my bike rides so I can photograph the incredible artwork I find in the area. The homes are outstanding, too, if you like Gothic and Victorian architecture.
The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is among my favorite places in the city to ride. It stretches 4.20 miles from Hilltop Road to Terrace Hill Junction. The trail is accessible all year long which is why I love it so much.
It’s a great place to cycle if you’re not used to difficult terrain, too. It’s relatively flat, and I’ve never blown a tire while riding the distance of the trail. I see a lot of families riding their bikes together on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, making it even cooler because of all the kids that are into cycling.
Salt Lake City is among the best cities to ride a bicycle in for many reasons. You’ll find bike lanes everywhere you go because the mayor is all about cycling. You’re welcome to travel by two wheels wherever you want to go whether it’s downtown or to the mountains.