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Data shows significant leap in biking and walking amid COVID-19

New trend not only having a positive effect on traffic congestion, but on the physical well-being of the community  

WHAT: Utahns are getting outside more and driving less amid the pandemic. Media are invited to interview Mike and Tristin West, who have recently switched to cycling as their primary mode of transportation due to COVID-19. When the pandemic reached Utah, a friend agreed to let the West family borrow his tricycle cargo bike to see how the family would like it. The Wests have a non-verbal son and after seeing the joy in his face after the first ride, they were immediately convinced they would become a cargo bike family. Biking has now become their primary mode of transportation.

The Utah Department of Transportation will also share Strava statistics and trail count numbers for recent months. This rise in active transportation, such as walking and biking, is not only having a positive effect on traffic congestion, but on the physical well-being of community members.

WHEN: October 14, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Bicycle Collective, 2312 S W Temple, South Salt Lake, UT 84115

WHO:

  • Mike West
  • Tristin West

VISUALS:

  • The Bicycle Collective mural
  • Personal photos from family
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