Wherever you hike, no matter what season or whether it's a short hike or a multi-day trek, be safe and follow the Hiker Responsibility Code (hikesafe.com).You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared:
With knowledge and gear. Become self-reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and your equipment before you start.
To share your plans. Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you will return and your emergency plans.
To stay together. When you start as a group, hike as a group, and end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.
To turn back. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.
For emergencies. Even if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.
Over the years, Sandy City has worked at length to create a trail system that accounts for active transportation. In the Spring of 2019, the Trails Master Plan was updated by the Sandy City Bike Committee, nearly doubling the miles of bikeways. But before you hit the trails, here are some things you should know about biking in Sandy:
We envision a city where complete networks of bike lanes, paths, and trails contribute to our livable, healthy communities, allowing everyone to ride regardless of age, ability, or income. Ultimately, this effort is geared towards improving quality of life for residents and visitors with more bike lanes, paths, and trails.
KNOW UTAH BICYCLE LAWS
Utah’s bicycle laws protect bicyclists and encourage safer riding and driving. Understanding the basics of bicycling, the 3-foot law, riding in traffic, whether your bike is street legal, signaling, bike parking, and more is key. Bike Utah works with Utah’s legislators to improve bicycling conditions and the laws that govern our roadways. Know the laws, follow them, set a positive example for other riders and drivers.
Here's a brief summary of the bicyclist laws and safety tips:
- Obey all traffic control devices
- Cyclists may NOT use sirens or whistles on their bikes
- A police officer may stop riders to inspect and test their bicycles
- Cyclists over 16 years old may proceed through a red traffic signal which doesn’t change after waiting 90 seconds, if no other vehicle or pedestrian is approaching or in the intersection
- Ride as near as practicable to the right-hand edge of the road
- Do not ride more than two side-by-side
- Do not impede the movement of traffic or pedestrians
- Yield to pedestrians and give an audible signal when passing them
- Ride with the designated direction of traffic
- Unless designed to do so, bicycles are not to carry more than one person at a time
- Do not attach your bike or yourself to a moving vehicle
- Keep at least one hand on the handle bars at all times
- Racing on the highway is prohibited except in events approved by legal authorities
- Parked bicycles shall conform to the provisions of Stopping, Standing, and Parking of Vehicles.
- Children under the age of 8 may not operate an e-bike
- Children between the ages of 8 and 15 must be supervised by a parent or guardian when operating an e-bike
- Vehicles may not travel or stop in bike lanes, except briefly to make a turning movement.
- Signal for at least 2 seconds before making turn or stop; continuous signaling through a turn or stop is not required
ADDITIONAL SANDY BICYCLE LAWS
Sec. 269 Forbidding vehicles to travel within or through marked bicycle lanes.
No motor vehicle shall at any time be driven within or through or parked or stopped within a marked bicycle lane except to briefly cross said lane to turn into an intersection, street, alley, driveway or other parking area. Any vehicle so turning must yield the right-of-way to all bicycles within the lane that are close enough to constitute an immediate hazard. No motor vehicle may use a bicycle lane as a turning lane. On all roads with no bicycle lane, operators of bicycles have the same rights, duties and responsibilities as operators of motor vehicles.
Sec. 219 Restrictions on use of limited access roadway.
(1) No pedestrian, bicycle or other non-motorized traffic may use any limited access roadway except for the sole purpose of crossing in the shortest and most direct route, unless signing clearly visible allowing an exception to the limited access restrictions has been installed by the transportation engineer, or at other designated crossings, and traffic shall yield the right-of-way to any motorized traffic proceeding upon the limited access roadway.
Article 17. REGULATIONS FOR BICYCLES
Sec. 303 Parents responsible.
The parent or guardian of any child may not authorize or knowingly permit the child to violate any of the provisions of this article.
Sec. 306 Regular seat required - Carrying more persons than design permits prohibited.
A bicycle or moped may not be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed or equipped, except that an adult rider may carry a child securely attached to his person in a back pack or sling.
For an informative resource on programs, laws, community engagement, and bicycle news, visit Bike Utah, a driving force for inspiring the lifelong love of bicycling. Some of the highlighted programs that you may want to get involved in include:
It is critical that motorist also understand the Utah bicycle laws keeping in mind the following:
- Not passing within 3-feet of a moving bicycle
- Not attempting to distract bicyclists for the purpose of causing injury or forcing a bicyclist off the road
- May cross the centerline or the center two-way left turn lane to pass bicyclist if it can be done safely