By Russ Hymas and Ken Christensen — With summer now in full swing, it’s impossible to ignore the influx of cyclists on Utah’s roads – either preparing for road bike racing events that run almost every weekend during the summer months, or just trying to get in better shape. Some cyclists use the roads to commute to work or school, while others opt for elevation training in Utah’s many canyons or longer, flatter stretches of roadway to log some long-distance mileage.
As cyclists begin planning their training routes, many ask, “Which are the safest roads for me to ride?” and, “Are there any roads that are off-limits to cyclists?”
Fortunately, cyclists are permitted on most state roads throughout Utah. Prohibited roads include certain portions of Utah’s interstate highways (where cyclists can use alternative routes) as well as roads which are closed to non-motorized travel, like Bangerter Highway. However, cyclists can take I-80 up Parley’s Canyon, and are even allowed on certain segments of I-15 through the state. See https://www.utahbicyclelawyers.com/riding-restrictions-and-safety for a list of restricted roads.
Still, while cyclists may be permitted on most state roads, they may want to first consider whether safer alternate routes exist. UDOT has warned: “Only skilled cyclists who are confident of their abilities to maneuver under hazardous conditions should use interstate highways that are open to cyclists. If you are not a skilled cyclist, please consider a route that does not include interstate highways due to our higher motorized traffic speeds (Interstates are posted at 65 mph […]