Spring Forward to Warm Weather Biking

By Anders Hart, Active Transportation Intern

Thank you to everyone who participated in Winter Bike Day!

Despite 14-degree temperatures, we welcomed over 50 people, including 12 cyclists. The University Police gave free U locks to cyclists who registered their bikes, and Commuter Services provided Campus Bike Shop services. We also gave out much-needed hot chocolate and coffee to the chilly morning commuters. We are grateful for the opportunity to educate the campus community about the benefits of winter biking and bike safety!

After a chilly interlude, the warming weather has us thinking about spring. In preparation for the changing seasons, we’ve included some tips for spring cycling:

  • It’s getting warmer, but layers are still a crucial part of cycling gear. Morning and evening commutes can be chilly.
  • Daylight savings on March 13th will “spring” us forward an hour, so don’t forget to use your bike lights in the morning.
  • Spring is a great time to clean the salt – or the cobwebs – from your bike. The campus bike shop is open and offering low-cost tune-ups. Check out their website for hours of operation.

And finally, stay tuned for more bike events this season! Bike Month is in May, so follow us on social media to stay up to date on the latest news. We will also be performing our semiannual bike utilization study in April, and are looking for volunteers to help count bikes! If you are interested in volunteering, please email anna.maki@utah.edu.

For questions regarding active transportation, or if you would like route-finding assistance, please email our Active Transportation Manager, Ginger Cannon, at ginger.cannon@utah.edu.