Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Salt Lake City Utah
Bikes: Surly Long Haul Trucker, Soma ES, Bianchi Eros, 85 Raleigh Marathon, and a couple clunkers
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While I've done very little riding in Bountiful, I've never had any problems up there. Salt Lake itself is pretty bike friendly. If you find yourself riding somewhere without a shoulder, there is probably a parallel route with a bike lane, just a block or two away. There's lots of great riding and motorists are mostly quite used to seeing bikes. Nothing like some of the disasters I've had riding on the East Coast and in the South. As a bonus, because of the need for snow removal, most of our roads have quite wide shoulders.
If you have a chance, I would highly recommend coming into salt lake for a ride. The mouth of City Creek Canyon is just a block or two away from downtown. The Canyon is closed to cars on odd days of the month, and when you get up in there, it's very beautiful. The leaves are changing. And you pretty much have it to yourself. It's steep, but it's an up and back, so you don't have to worry about getting lost. It's a good idea to bring along a jacket. The way down can get cold, as you coast along in the shade.
Beck Street, the road coming into Salt Lake from Bountiful is pretty awful. You get a view of the refineries, lots of potholes, fast cars, and not a great shoulder. But much of it can be avoided by staying on the frontage road until it runs out. But it's not terribly long, so if you can't get a lift in to town, then go ahead and ride it. You'll be fine. Just don't judge the rest of our fine city by what you see out there.
Unlike some places I've lived, it can be hard to find a bad ride. I never bother to plan my rides, I just explore. With the mostly grid patterned streets, and the mountains to the east, it is difficult to get lost. And I really can't think of a neighborhood I would be afraid to ride through.