Hey LDS Liberal, i came from Portland and grew up in California, so i know what
good biking is as well. Moved from Portland to Colorado Springs after ruling
Denver out.I suggest that you come over to the Rockies and try your
hand at commuting anywhere in Colorado ( other than Boulder ). You will be
extremely grateful for you what you have up there.I am moving to
Salt Lake City soon after seeing a bike lane almost everywhere when i visited
there. Your trails are actually paved where ours aren't, and if they are,
they're decaying pretty badly. You couldn't ask for a more
bike-positive mayor in the area.I think the SLC metro is underrated
for biking and with all the recent improvements, you will see lots of commuters
in the future, and more awareness from drivers.
Having lived in Seattle for 20+ years [Washington State #1], Utah is
fine fore riding in the desert or mountains so long as there are no other
drivers for miles around and can see the landscape without tacky billboards
plastered all over the place -- Utah has long LONG way to go for the
safety and pleasure of the urban riders.