The Top 8 Salt Lake City Neighborhoods for Bike Commuters

Salt Lake City is a bike-friendly community, according to the League of American Bicyclists, which awarded the city a Silver rating in 2015. Just how bike-friendly, though, will depend a lot on which neighborhood you’re in.

Salt Lake City covers quite a bit of ground, and residents could find themselves on the valley floor or up in the foothills, a few blocks from downtown or several miles away. So each neighborhood was not created equal for cyclists.

Of Salt Lake City’s 18 neighborhoods, we’ve ranked the top 8 for bike friendliness based on how many people actually choose to commute by bicycle. Our numbers are based on the latest U.S. Census data for bike commuters as a percentage of the total neighborhood population.

#8 Capitol Hill

#8 Capitol Hill

#8 Capitol Hill

The name here is not misleading. Most residents of Capitol Hill will find themselves living several hundred feet above where they work downtown. The good news: downtown is only a few blocks away, and bike commuters will mostly coast into work. The bad news is exactly what you might expect: getting home means climbing that same hill.

The name here is not misleading. Most residents of Capitol Hill will find themselves living several hundred feet above where they work downtown. The good news: downtown is only a few blocks away, and bike commuters will mostly coast into work. The bad news is exactly what you might expect: getting home means climbing that same hill.

#7 Sugar House

#7 Sugar House

#7 Sugar House

Dedicated bike commuters won’t blink at the distance (5 miles) from the popular up-and-coming Sugar House to the downtown area. Luckily, the bike lanes stay off the very busy main road, getting you out of the neighborhood relatively safely.

Dedicated bike commuters won’t blink at the distance (5 miles) from the popular up-and-coming Sugar House to the downtown area. Luckily, the bike lanes stay off the very busy main road, getting you out of the neighborhood relatively safely.

#6 Yalecrest

#6 Yalecrest

#6 Yalecrest

Residents here don’t have the luxury of many dedicated bike lanes until they get out of the neighborhood. The good news is that Yalecrest is a fairly small neighborhood, and it’s bordered by some important arterial roads, so bike commuters won’t have a tough time making their way to their destination.

Residents here don’t have the luxury of many dedicated bike lanes until they get out of the neighborhood. The good news is that Yalecrest is a fairly small neighborhood, and it’s bordered by some important arterial roads, so bike commuters won’t have a tough time making their way to their destination.

#5 Liberty Wells

#5 Liberty Wells

#5 Liberty Wells

Being on the valley floor and having several important bike lanes gives this neighborhood high bikeability. Located directly south of Central City, residents of Liberty Wells have to go a little further than their neighbors to get downtown, but not much.

Being on the valley floor and having several important bike lanes gives this neighborhood high bikeability. Located directly south of Central City, residents of Liberty Wells have to go a little further than their neighbors to get downtown, but not much.

#4 Fairpark

#4 Fairpark

#4 Fairpark

In a city split north-south by I-15, Fairpark is one of only two neighborhoods on the west side to make this list. This is likely due to a very convenient bike lane on North Temple, the main thoroughfare that connects Fairpark to downtown.

In a city split north-south by I-15, Fairpark is one of only two neighborhoods on the west side to make this list. This is likely due to a very convenient bike lane on North Temple, the main thoroughfare that connects Fairpark to downtown.

#3 The Avenues

#3 The Avenues

#3 The Avenues

Like the previous two neighborhoods, the Avenues is ideally situated on the map for bike commuters. One big difference, though, is the hills. The Avenues neighborhood starts on the valley floor and immediately begin climbing the foothills toward the mountains. So the deeper you are in the neighborhood, the less likely you are to want to make that climb by bike.

Like the previous two neighborhoods, the Avenues is ideally situated on the map for bike commuters. One big difference, though, is the hills. The Avenues neighborhood starts on the valley floor and immediately begin climbing the foothills toward the mountains. So the deeper you are in the neighborhood, the less likely you are to want to make that climb by bike.

#2 East Central

#2 East Central

#2 East Central

As the name suggests, this neighborhood is just to the east of Central City, and shares many of the qualities that helped Central City nab the number-one spot. East Central is only a few blocks from downtown and is adjacent to the University of Utah, so it’s situated perfectly for both students and professionals who prefer to bike.

As the name suggests, this neighborhood is just to the east of Central City, and shares many of the qualities that helped Central City nab the number-one spot. East Central is only a few blocks from downtown and is adjacent to the University of Utah, so it’s situated perfectly for both students and professionals who prefer to bike.

#1 Central City

#1 Central City

#1 Central City

Finding Central City in the number-one spot on this list is no surprise. Located adjacent to downtown, this neighborhood is located entirely on the valley floor. This means no hills to make a bike commuter suffer either to or from work.

Finding Central City in the number-one spot on this list is no surprise. Located adjacent to downtown, this neighborhood is located entirely on the valley floor. This means no hills to make a bike commuter suffer either to or from work.

Craig Hanks

Craig is a Salt Lake City-based writer who has moved more times than he cares to count. He tried living out of state a couple times, but SLC irresistibly pulled him back in.