Salt Lake County Seeks Input on New Bike Route System – Comments due by 11-15-16

Cyclists are Encouraged to Provide Feedback on Planned Bike Routes

The ATIP is planning for more bike lanes throughout Salt Lake County. The lane shown here on Redwood Road in S. Jordan is of sub-standard width. The ATIP process allows for commenting on issues like this, and on the planned bike routes. Photo by Dave Iltis
The ATIP is planning for more bike lanes throughout Salt Lake County. The lane shown here on Redwood Road in S. Jordan is of sub-standard width. The ATIP process allows for commenting on issues like this, and on the planned bike routes. Photo by Dave Iltis

November 12, 2016 – Salt Lake County, Utah is seeking public comment on the Active Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP) Draft Map by November 15, 2016. The ATIP is a network of low-stress bikeways that Salt Lake County is planning on implementing over the next few years. 

Active Transportation, generally understood as biking and walking (but could include any other form of human powered transportation), is seen as a way for Salt Lake County to improve air quality, health, and recreation.

The ATIP will create a network of 638 new miles of bike routes, including 272 miles of protected and buffered bike routes. From the Salt Lake County website, “The purpose of this plan is to identify and prioritize specific routes and spot improvements throughout the valley that contribute to safe connections between cities, townships, neighborhoods, schools, commercial centers, transit, parks, and regional off-street paths, such as the Jordan River Parkway.”

Additionally, it is a goal of the plan to provide more transportation options, and to improve air quality. The plan is continuation of ongoing plans for cycling on the Wasatch Front, including those of the Wasatch Front Regional Council, UDOT, and UTA.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams encouraged people to comment on the plan with both likes and dislikes in this video posted to Twitter:

So far, there have been four open house on the draft map with numerous attendees, as well as a set of initial open houses that helped to inform planners in making the map. Unfortunately as of today, the number of commenters on the web version of the map has been relatively low.

More information on the ATIP is available here: http://slco.org/planning-transportation/active-transportation/

To comment on the draft map, see: http://wikimapping.com/wikimap/Salt-Lake-County-Bike-Facilities.html

Follow the directions on the map to comment on areas of concern for you. Turn on layers to see other people’s comments and add to those.

For more information on bicycling programs in Salt Lake County, visit http://slco.org/bikes

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