The landscape is changing and this means the Utah bicycling community is going to have to switch gears to adapt. No, not just to ride the reconstructed roads, new trails and bridges or added mountain bike trails throughout the state. Bicycle advocates are going to have to change the thrust of their advocacy efforts to keep up with the changing political landscape.
You needn’t look any further than Alpine, right here in Utah to prove the benefits of the endangered Safe Routes to School (SRS) program. SRS itself is traveling an unsafe route to survival, running on a spare tire presently in a seemingly endless series of leases on life while Congress continues to debate its future. But a national study cited Alpine’s use of an SRS grant as a reason to support bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in small towns.
Study harder and improve your grade, they say at school. And that’s exactly what Boise State University (BSU) did. A year ago, it became one of the first institutions to win honors as a Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) in the League of American Bicyclists’ (LAB) latest addition to the Bicycle Friendly America program (which includes Bicycle Friendly Communities, Bicycle Friendly Businesses and Bicycle Friendly States).
By Charles Pekow, November 1, 2011 The folks who represent Utah across the continent in our nation’s capital like to ride bicycles. But the Republican-dominated Utah congressional delegation’s fondness for two-wheeling doesn’t mean it will support guaranteed federal funding for bicycling next year. In fact, quite the contrary: their philosophy means being tight with federal […]
By Charles Pekow Let’s face it: planners just don’t know enough about how many bicyclists and pedestrians are using the roads. Transportation officials have long used established methods to count motorists but the data on non-motorized users aren’t good enough to plan rationally. Or so determined the Transportation Research Board (TRB), which is planning to […]
As states, both Utah and Idaho leave a lot to be desired when it comes to bicycle friendliness. Both states got low or failing grades in most of the six subjects they were graded on by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB): legislation, policies & programs, infrastructure, education & encouragement, evaluation & planning and enforcement. Both states fell below average in the annual Bicycle Friendly America State rankings.
A pot of gold for promoting bicycle safety remains largely unused in most of the country. It comes from the same federal law that funds Transportation Enhancements, Recreational Trails, and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grants, long used for bicycle projects.