“UTA has always supported the bicycling community,” UTA General Manager Mike Allegra said. “From bike racks on the buses, and bikes allowed on the trains to this new facility. We want to promote bicycle use as an alternative form of transportation.”
Prior to the grand opening more than 200 bicyclists met with Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker to ride on the city’s newest designated bike lanes along Main Street to the BTC. After a brief program the attendees toured the facility and enjoyed food and music. The BTC offers bicyclists secure indoor bike storage, self-serve bicycle repair facilities, and a shower in addition to the amenities of a regular bike shop. The BTC, operated by Canyon Sports, was made possible thanks to the efforts of UTA, Salt Lake City, UDOT, Wasatch Front Regional Council, the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee and the U.S. Dept. of Energy. The BTC promotes bicycling to improve public health, protect the environment and provide better transportation choices.
The BTC is located at 250 South 600 West next to Salt Lake Central Station. The bike shop is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sundays. For personal bike storage and repair members may access the center seven days a week from 5 a.m. to midnight. Membership is $96 annually plus a $20 activation fee. Monthly rental is $12 and daily $2. Along with bike storage and repair, members have access to a shower.