Salt Lake City

Public's Input Sought on Future of Walking and Biking in SLC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 8, 2013
Contact: Becka Roolf, Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator
801-243-1809

Public's Input Sought on Future of Walking and Biking in SLC
 

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City is continuing to advance and improve bicycle and walking options throughout the City and will be updating the City’s bicycle/pedestrian master plan in 2013. Mayor Ralph Becker and the City’s Transportation Division invite residents to be a part of this important process at the first of two open house gatherings on Thursday, April 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Main Library, Level 4 Conference Room, 210 E. 400 South.

With recent innovative designs like the 300 East Cycle Track, new pedestrian crossing improvements such as HAWK signals and the completely revamped North Temple Grand Boulevard, the City has set the stage for continued improvements citywide. 

The open house will feature a series of activities and stations for participants to provide input on the future of walking and bicycling within the City.  

“We want resident input on how to apply walking and bicycling improvements throughout the community,” said Mayor Ralph Becker.  “Improvements should make cycling and walking easier and more accessible to all, whether you’re a seasoned ‘road-warrior’ or a family looking for a fun weekend ride or walk around town. This plan will help us identify and prioritize key corridors and locations for improvements, and will provide a blueprint for education and outreach.”

The master plan update, led by the City’s Transportation Division, will focus on enhancing and expanding the City’s pedestrian and bicycle networks and supporting programs by taking advantage of exciting new designs emerging in this field. Key projects being considered include a new look at a bicycling connection between the University of Utah and downtown; a downtown-focused “low-stress, family-friendly” bicycle network to connect trails, bicycle boulevards and City neighborhoods; and updated enhancements to pedestrian crossings.  The plan will incorporate a Complete Streets look at all major roadways in the City and will also identify strategic intersection improvements.

The master plan update is scheduled for completion by December 2013. Further information and more options for resident participation can be found at www.walkbikeslc.com.