Salt Lake City Rose Park Intersection to Get Protected Bike Lanes

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Community Street Painting to take place on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Salt Lake City Transportation Division and Scooter-maker Spin Team Up to Transform Rose Park Intersection

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City’s Transportation Division and Spin, an electric scooter company, will join the Rose Park community on Saturday, Oct. 17 to transform the appearance of a significant neighborhood intersection to encourage multi-modal use.

The new protected intersection at 300 E and 700 S is shown here. A similar project is planned for 1200 W and 600 N. Photo by Dave Iltis

The temporary, quick-build improvements will be located at the intersection of 1200 West and 600 North and will include painting a new community plaza and crosswalk and painted protected bike lanes. The effort is intended to drum up enthusiasm among the community and help residents visualize possibilities for permanent multi-use projects that could be included in the City’s 600/700 North Mobility, Safety, and Transit Improvements Study. The study is currently being drafted to improve this critical Salt Lake City corridor.

Bright red and pink roses will be incorporated into the mural designs, and enhance the identity of the spot and its role as an important neighborhood hub, which is surrounded by homes, a church, shopping and restaurants. Salvaged tree trunks will be brought in by the Parks and Public Lands Division to serve as a temporary tribute to the trees lost in the recent severe windstorm.  

The street painting party will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and volunteers of all ages are encouraged to participate. COVID-19 precautions of maintaining 6-feet of social distance and wearing masks will be required.

“This community has been hit particularly hard by the impacts of the pandemic and the recent ‘inland hurricane’ that destroyed so many mature trees,” said Kyle Cook, a City transportation engineer. “We’re excited to do this project, which is a first step toward more permanent changes.”

The project would not be possible without the support of Spin, which is funding the $15,000 in project costs and providing volunteers.

“This project supports our vision to make outdoor spaces more usable for the community and more comfortable for micro-mobility users,” said Kay Cheng, Head of Policy Initiatives at Spin. “We’re proud to partner with Salt Lake City to provide resources that improve community infrastructure and provide safer streets for all users.”

Prior to the intersection project, the Rose Park and Fair Park Community Councils will also lead a community cleanup at 9 a.m. on the nearby 600 North overpass, which crosses Interstate Highway 15.

WHO: Salt Lake City Transportation staff, Spin staff and volunteers

WHAT: Rose Park 600 North/1200 West intersection project

WHERE: 600 North and 1200 West intersection

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

VISUALS: Street painting of intersection crosswalks and corners

PROJECT LINK: https://www.slc.gov/transportation/2020/02/18/600north/

ABOUT SPIN:

Headquartered in San Francisco, Spin is one of the leading micro-mobility companies and a unit of Ford Mobility. Spin has been recognized for launching the first station-less mobility program in the United States and was instrumental in crafting the world’s first mobility permit system. As a trusted and reliable partner, Spin currently operates electric scooters in many cities and universities nationwide in the U.S. and Europe. Spin consists of a diverse team of experienced professionals from government and private sectors, and the transportation advocacy world, all of whom are committed to fulfilling the company’s mission–giving people the freedom to move and bringing people, communities and their urban environment closer together.  https://www.spin.app

 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. If SALT LAKE City makes it ridable “They will come”. I live in Taylorsville and it’s to dangerous here. They need to sweep streets, make paths that are bike friendly and slow the cars down, way down. The people of Utah need to learn city driving.

  2. Hopefully they don’t build those wavy corner things pictured above. They’re impossible to see at night, even with a 750 lumen headlight. I lost some skin, ruined my cycling computer, and ripped a hole in some $300 shoes after crashing from hitting the one on 3rd east and 7th south.

    Horrible idea.

  3. when will salt lake maintain the ones they have already installed. the ones they installed on 700s were completely destroyed by drivers within two weeks and never replaced or repaired.

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