UDOT seeks public input to plan more bike lanes, trails, multiuse paths and sidewalks on Utah state roads

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Public comment period on UDOT’s Utah Active Transportation Plan lasts through Aug. 28 

SALT LAKE CITY (July 14, 2021) — The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) wants the public’s help understanding the community’s needs for more bike lanes, trails, multiuse paths, crosswalks and sidewalks for state roads.

A cyclist braves State Street. Multimodal, personal transportation, should be safe for all users on State Street in Salt Lake City, Photo by Dave Iltis

A public input process is now underway through Aug. 28. This input will help UDOT develop active transportation plans to provide better access to trails and paths on state routes. Active transportation is human-powered transportation like walking, biking, using a wheelchair, or hand cycling and provides more options for people to access jobs, education, and other services within their communities.

For many people who are unable to drive, choose not to drive or don’t have regular access to a vehicle, active transportation facilities are vital networks for accessing jobs, school and other services.  

“Community input is essential in making sure we build projects the right way,” UDOT Active Transportation Manager Heidi Goedhart said. “At UDOT, our emphasis is to build a complete transportation system where people can choose how they travel.”

The public can provide input in the following ways: 

  1. Visit the project website at publicinput.com/udotplanning and respond to a quick survey and/or pin a location on a map 
  2. Email: [email protected] 
  3. Call: 385-360-1900 

The interactive map on the website was created by UDOT to showcase planned and future active transportation projects that users can comment on or identify some of their own. UDOT is committed to understanding community needs for walking and biking options on state roads. The feedback the public provides will be used to inform internal processes, allocate funding and prioritize future projects. 

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  1. Good idea, public input. In many of the rural areas there is very limited paved areas adjacent to the white line. This limits the area ” as far to the right as is safe” for the cyclist. I’m trying to share the road as much as possible with the autos.
    Save money! Chip seal from white line to white line and leave that beyond smoother for the cyclist. Idaho had done this in some areas I’ve ridden. The asphalt doesn’t deteriorate in this area due to very low vehicular traffic. Talking with one of the UDOT workers out on a paving project, I was told this would not be hard to do. I’ve noticed that areas where winter snow plows have scraped the chip seal off, there appears no difference in wear/ deterioration in time between those areas scraped off, on those left intact. Thanks for considering these ideas.

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