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Salt Lake City seeks input on bicycle/pedestrian plan

Published: Tuesday, April 9 2013 11:34 a.m. MDT

A bicyclist rides in a bike lane on a Salt Lake street. The city is seeking public input on updating its bicycle and pedestrian master plan this year.

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — The city is seeking public input on updating its bicycle and pedestrian master plan this year.

Mayor Ralph Becker and the city’s Transportation Division invite residents to be a part of this process at the first of two open house gatherings on Thursday, April 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Main Library, Level 4 Conference Room, 210 E. 400 South.

The open house will feature a series of activities and stations for participants to provide input on the future of walking and bicycling within the city.   

“We want resident input on how to apply walking and bicycling improvements throughout the community,” Becker said. “Improvements should make cycling and walking easier and more accessible to all, whether you’re a seasoned ‘road-warrior’ or a family looking for a fun weekend ride or walk around town. This plan will help us identify and prioritize key corridors and locations for improvements, and will provide a blueprint for education and outreach.”

The plan update will focus on enhancing and expanding the city’s pedestrian and bicycle networks and supporting programs by taking advantage of new designs. Key projects under consideration include a new look at a bicycling connection between the University of Utah and downtown; a downtown-focused “low-stress, family-friendly” bicycle network to connect trails, bicycle boulevards and city neighborhoods; and updated enhancements to pedestrian crossings.

The master plan update is scheduled for completion by December. Further information and more options for resident participation can be found at www.walkbikeslc.com.

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