By Dave Iltis
Wondering if making a city more bike friendly results in more bike trips? Look no further than Salt Lake City. The state’s capital city has worked hard to add bike lanes, bike paths, bike racks, and bike corrals, to improve the responsiveness of the police department, clean up goat heads on the Jordan River, among many other efforts. The programs are paying off not just with the Silver Bike Friendly City medal earned in 2010, but with increased trips taken by bike. The annual bike count conducted in September showed an increase of 27.15% over 2010 totals! The study was conducted over the same locations and times as 2010, and will be conducted again in September 2012.