Bike Week begins in Basin
Trails advocates hope a recent tongue-in-cheek comment from an Oakley City councilor that enraged cyclists around the state will be a boost for bicycling events scheduled this week in Summit County.
Oakley City Councilor DelRay Hatch joked during a recent meeting in Coalville that bicyclists should pay taxes to ride on streets "so the ones that don’t pay I could run over."
"Let’s get some positive out of this," Mountain Trails Executive Director Carol Potter said Thursday about Hatch’s remark.
The politician’s comment came on the heels of the death of Park City resident William Corliss, who was killed recently while cycling in Utah County after he fell into the path of a passing motorist.
Cyclists will meet June 5 at Cole Sport at Park City Mountain Resort at 5:30 p.m. for the William Corliss Advocacy Share the Road Ride.
"A tribute ride is what it’s supposed to be," Potter said, adding that riders are planning a 17-mile trek in the area.
Potter kicked off a campaign this week that she says encourages "motorists and cyclists to both respect each other."
"[May] is actually National Bike Month and I decided if we could pull off National Bike Week I’d be really happy," Potter said. "I don’t know what to expect, I just want to start it."
Residents are encouraged to either ride a bicycle or walk to work on May 19 and the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District will officially open its Willow Creek Park to the public during the Silver Spoke Celebration May 20.
"It’s the meeting of the trails and the new Willow Creek Park," Potter said.
Those who ride or walk to work on Friday are encouraged to stop by The Yarrow between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. to receive a free bicycle bell and register to participate in the Commuter Cup, Potter said.
"As long as you’re not in your car and I don’t see your car anywhere, you get something," she added.
Awards will be presented to the companies with the most employees who leave their cars home on Friday.
During the Silver Spoke Celebration Saturday people will meet at Dan’s Foods in Park City and Basin Recreation Fieldhouse at 9 a.m.
Potter said the groups expect to ride from Park City and Kimball Junction to Willow Creek Park at 4460 North Split Rail Lane.
A bicycle rodeo is planned at the park and the Summit County Health Department will have free helmets for kids, she said.
"They will be there fitting the bike helmets for the kids so they know how to properly wear a helmet," Potter said.
Mountain Trails volunteers will be selling the group’s new ‘Share the Road’ T-shirts at the events for $15 and the organization’s new map for road cycling in Summit County will be available for $2, Potter said, adding, "there has been a seismic shift in road-biking appeal in Park City."
"We’re going to see some very exciting things," Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott said Wednesday, speaking to fellow commissioners about the upcoming events.
For more information about the events, contact Potter at 731-0975.
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