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Start your pedals: May is National Bike Month

Christopher Kamrani, Of the Record staff

The month of May is recognized in Park City as National Bike Month.

With annual events such as the Young Riders bike swap and Bike to Work Day, the cycling community in Summit County has plenty of reasons this year to get out and move those pedals.

"You have no excuses in this town anymore," said Charlie Sturgis, executive director of Mountain Trails Foundation. "The only excuse I’ll buy is the weather. I rode my bike to basically all my meetings last year. Whether it be a long or short ride, from a practical point of view, there’s no reason in the world you shouldn’t ride to where you’re going. Especially (with gas) at four dollars a gallon."

National Bike Month is designed to promote awareness of all types of cycling. While areas such as Salt Lake City and Provo have multiple organized rides in the coming weeks, Park City has its Bike to Work ride, which will be Friday, May 20.

Those who can are encouraged to ride their bikes to their place of work as part of biking awareness.

Heinrich Deters, trails coordinator for Park City Municipal, said the recent expansion of bike routes in Park City should be another reason locals should get out and ride.

"It’s a nice awareness campaign," he said. "With cycling, you can always ride your bike to work in the spring. On the second front, the past two years, the city and basin (areas) have passed bonds to implement pathways and overpasses. It’s a good opportunity for people who may not commute on their bike to work to take advantage of.

"It’s really cool. The Bonanza tunnels are open right now; (working) crews are moving off that. It’s accessible. The Comstock tunnel, the Holiday Ranch loop. With cycling, in general, you can go out and explore the connectivity implemented. I think it’s safe and represents a really positive step in our community."

Deters said the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is planning a large bike- across-Utah event in June, which will be stopping in Park City on June 14.

Sturgis said Mountain Trails will be celebrating National Trail Day on June 4, which will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rail Trail. More details regarding the event will be released soon.

Sturgis went on to say now that the weather is finally warming up, saving pennies and enjoying a nice ride is crucial no matter who you are.

"The big thing is, we just like to see people get out and see the support," he said. "Get the kids out of school onto their bikes that’d be great.

"Once school’s out, I told my 14-year-old daughter she’s back on her bike for the summer."

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