FARMINGTON — May is National Bike Month, and the Davis County Commission is noting its observance by promoting bike and trail use.
County Trails Planner Scott Hess noted that National Bike to Work Week and National Bike to Work Day were recently observed across the country.
The year 2013 has also been designated as the Year of the Bike, Hess said.
“There are 45 miles of bike lines currently in Davis County,” he said.
In addition, there are nearly 100 miles of paved, shared trails with motorists.
In mid-June, Road Respect Rallies will be held in Salt Lake City and Ogden. Helmet use will be promoted along with safety, interacting with motor vehicles, and following proper rules and laws, Hess said.
“One of the things we do with cohorts of riders is make sure cyclists follow the rules of the road,” he said. “We want to make sure bicyclists operate safely, intuitively, and understand what cars are going to do.”
The 20th annual Antelope Island by Moonlight Bike Ride on July 19 will further highlight recreational bicycle riding during. About 2,300 riders participated last year and more are anticipated this year, he said.
Six Gold Medal Schools feature single-mile trails for intended use by their communities, Hess said.
On top of that, there are 323 miles of hiking trails, stretching from the canyons on the east to such areas as Jensen Nature Park in Syracuse.
The county is preparing to finalize publication of a county-wide trails map. It’s not intended to replace but to augment the county’s trails web site, daviscountyutah.gov/trails, Hess said.
More information is available at bikeweek.org and roadrespect.utah.gov.