New half-day bike route takes riders to Salt Lake's best attractions

Published: Wednesday, June 5 2013 5:29 p.m. MDT

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams lead a group of cyclists from Liberty Park during a bike to work event, Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — Mayor Ralph Becker, the Salt Lake City Transportation Division and Visit Salt Lake have announced the launch of a new bicycle route.

“Visitors and residents are invited to check out this new half-day ride that takes in some of the best of Salt Lake City,” said Becker. “This is another exciting addition to our ongoing Year of the Bike events.”

The 13.5-mile loop includes guides to Pioneer Park, Temple Square, Memory Grove, lower City Creek Canyon, the Utah State Capitol, Liberty Park, the Peace Gardens and the Jordan River Trail. The route travels by architectural landmarks such as the McCune Mansion, the Salt Lake City and County Building and the Salt Lake City Main Library.

"The GREENbike bicycle share program and the new bike route make downtown Salt Lake City even more accessible and convenient for our visitors,” said Visit Salt Lake President and CEO Scott Beck. “These two new programs demonstrate our community's ongoing commitment to sustainability, and to the stewardship of the unique natural environment we call Salt Lake."

Together with Visit Salt Lake, the city created a special route map and brochure, available at the Salt Lake Visitors Center, local bike shops, and through downtown visitors’ venues. The route is also highlighted on the city’s new Salt Lake City Bikeways Map.

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