All events will be held at the transit hub, located at the southeastern corner of U.S. 191 and state Route 128 north of Moab.
The celebration will begin with an early morning bike trip to Dead Horse Point State Park. To join the 73-mile roundtrip ride, bicyclists should gather at the transit hub at 6 a.m. for a 6:30 a.m. departure.
A second group of cyclists will head off on a 37-mile roundtrip ride along Potash Road at 8 a.m.; anyone who plans to join that ride should meet at the transit hub at 7:30 a.m.
Both trips will be the latest stops along the Road Respect Tour, a statewide program that aims to promote mutual respect between cyclists and motorists. Every year, bicyclists representing the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), the Utah Highway Patrol, the Utah Department of Public Safety and Bike Utah travel across the state to raise awareness about road safety and traffic laws.
A pancake breakfast is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., courtesy of Western Spirit Cycling Adventures, Rim Tours and Horrocks Engineers.
A kids’ bike swap and rodeo will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (See related story).
At 10:30 a.m., a group of dignitaries will be on hand to formally welcome visitors. Utah State Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, along with representatives from the Federal Transit Administration, Congressman Jim Matheson’s office and other entities, are expected to give short speeches ahead of a 10:45 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony.
Elevated Transit will also be offering information about its planned passenger bus service between Blanding and Salt Lake City, which will include daily stops at the transit hub.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by family-friendly group bike ride along the Colorado River Pathway.
At 1 p.m., UDOT will host a bicycle safety forum and lunch at Canyonlands by Night and Day. Seating is limited, so anyone who would like to attend should call 435-259-1371 to reserve a spot. For more information go to: http://roadrespect.utah.gov; click on the orange “E” Evenbrite logo to register for the Road Respect rides.