If Rural Utah Gets Separated Bike Lanes...

On a recent backpacking adventure in Southern Utah, we passed the most unusual sight on Highway 12 near the west entrance of Bryce Canyon National Park - a separated, paved bike path.
The bike path shadowed the highway for five gorgeous miles in the Red Canyon area of Dixie National Forest and although we didn't see any cyclists using the path as we drove past, a gas station attendant in the area testified that the path gets lots of use by park visitors and for organized cycling events. She also noted with enthusiasm that the local community is lobbying to further extend the reach of the path.
Seeing this path got me thinking about how biking would seem a safer and more accessible option for many folks if there were bike lanes like this that paralleled local routes throughout more of rural America.

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