Utah Governor Spencer Cox Announces Vision for Multi-Use Trail Network

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (October 28, 2022) — Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox and Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Executive Director Carlos Braceras announced a vision to build a network of trails that would connect Utahns of all ages and abilities to their destinations and communities throughout the state. This network will be a sustainable contribution to the quality of life for Utahns and visitors for generations to come. 

Governor Cox's trails vision would hopefully include more like the Legacy Parkway Trail. Photo by Dave Iltis

“We have heard the public asking for more trails, and we see how trails are bringing people together across the state,” Gov. Cox said. “Our vision is about connecting communities in ways that provide additional transportation choices for everyone to commute, to recreate and to enjoy Utah.”

“I’m excited about what our governor has announced today because it truly has potential to benefit everyone, of all ages and abilities,” Dir. Braceras said. “We want to give people transportation options and allow them to choose how they want to travel – whether it be by car, bus, train, walking, or biking – to get where they want to go freely and safely.”

The vision, as outlined by the Governor, includes a state-funded program where UDOT will work with local communities to build and maintain trails as part of Utah’s transportation system. 

Today’s announcement is only the first step in the process from vision to completion. Move Utah, Wasatch Front Regional Council, Get Healthy Utah, Bike Utah, Utah League of Cities and Towns, legislators, and many more local leaders and advocates attended the announcement to show their support for this statewide process. 

This follows in the footsteps of former Utah Governor Herbert's 1,000 Miles Campaign, initiated in 2017 to build family-friendly bike paths, lanes, and trails by 2027. Because details have yet to be revealed, it's unclear at this time where new trails are being planned and if they will be paved or soft surface. 

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