Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan considers all modes of travel in the planning process. Many people walk and bike for their transportation needs. The number of bicyclists continues to increase and the state’s transportation agencies understand the need to proactively plan for this growing demand for trails, sidewalks, and bike lanes. Supporting these modes of transportation has many advantages, including promoting a healthy lifestyle, augmenting transportation choices and improving air quality from reductions in vehicle trips.
In 2015, Utah was ranked the fifth most Bicycle Friendly State in the country by the League of American Bicyclists. This ranking was based on factors that included bicycle-friendly legislation, infrastructure, funding, education and planning. Transportation partners from across the state continue to work together to maintain and improve Utah’s national bicycle-friendliness ranking. Both UDOT and UTA have recently enacted policies requiring the consideration of biking and walking on projects. UDOT, UTA and the MPOs are working closely with counties and cities to integrate bike planning into the Regional Transportation Plans and the Unified Plan through efforts such as the Utah Collaborative Active Transportation Study (UCATS).