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Old 02-15-2011, 04:55 PM
 
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Hey all, I'm looking to head out to SLC this summer to attend the University of Utah.

My main question is how abundant the job market there is. I'm using a GI Bill from the military so I won't be dependent on a job, but a part-time job would certainly help out and that's more what I'm looking for. Would you all say that its a fairly good job market there for a student really just looking for most anything? What is the minimum wage there in Utah?

Also, I ride a bike and would be using that for commuting but I also take a lot of longer rides too outside of the city. How Bike friendly is the area? Would you say that Utah drivers are generally on the lookout for Cyclists? Also, do most roads (in and out of the city) have sizable bike lanes?

That's all I have right now, appreciate any help people are able to offer.
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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It's very bike-friendly, the buses have bike racks on the front of them. As to part-time work, not sure.

Drivers can be careless but there are bike lanes on many roads.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:01 PM
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Location: North Monterey County
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Salt Lake CITY is bike friendly... the rest of the valley? NOT A CHANCE.

Drivers could care less. Distracted drivers even less. You take your life into your hands biking - even in the canyons.
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:17 PM
 
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I lived for four years in SLC riding only a bike. The cold weather is the hardest thing. I second mlb, the city is bike friendly, while the county is not. But generally, there's quite a bit of supportive infrastructure.

There aren't many other cyclists, though, and people generally thought I was a freak for being carless. Fortunately, the streets are so huge that there's enough room on the shoulder for you to ride easily.

My advice to stay sane is to live as close as you can to downtown, and never go farther south than sugarhouse if you can help it. Good luck!
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:44 PM
 
Location: USA
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SLC's mayor is bike-obsessed and pretty much puts bike lanes everywhere regardless of the amount of bike traffic. I'd say on many thoroughfares drivers are still 'adjusting' to so many cyclists in the road, so be careful, but otherwise SLC is a bike haven. A huge number of cyclists here have no regard for traffic rules and do whatever they please just so they can get to their destination as fast as they can.. I'm not sure what to make of that. If you're that type, don't expect drivers to treat you like royalty.
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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I got hit riding my bike home from work a couple years ago downtown. Broke my arm.

Be careful, bike riders seem seem to fall somewhere between skunks and empty cardboard boxes in Utah's road hierarchy.
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