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Rocky adds to bike-friendliness

Summer initiatives include racks, road signals and lanes

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Seen through a bicycle rack, Mayor Rocky Anderson announces his initiatives to add to the city's reputation as bike-friendly.

Seen through a bicycle rack, Mayor Rocky Anderson announces his initiatives to add to the city’s reputation as bike-friendly.

Ravell Call, Deseret Morning News

Salt Lake bicyclists, make yourselves at home.

Mayor Rocky Anderson on Thursday announced a handful of initiatives he plans to launch this summer to make Salt Lake City a more bike-friendly place.

Touting the city's growing reputation as bicycle-oriented, Anderson said, "We want to keep ramping that up."

The city plans to install 20 new bike racks downtown. A partnership with the Utah Transit Authority will bring bike lockers to five TRAX stations. A pedestrian- and bicyclist-activated traffic signal be installed on the Jordan River Parkway Trail at 1000 North, and motion-activated warning flashers are planned for the river trail at Fremont Street and 500 North.

Some of the planned changes involve art.

Local artist Eric Estlund, a bicycle advocate who serves on the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective, has designed two bike-themed whirligig sculptures, made of recycled bike parts, to adorn 20 downtown bike racks. And 64 existing racks will be painted as part of YouthCity's summer employment program.

Anderson said the art will "enliven" the racks and spruce up downtown.

Estlund said he created two designs for his whirligigs, and he hopes they reflect "my belief in the bicycle as a way of humanizing travel."

The city, UTA and the Utah Department of Transportation will jointly fund a bicycle transit center at the city's new intermodal transportation hub on 600 West between 200 and 300 South. The center will provide bike rentals, a bicycle check service, educational and trip planning resources, maintenance and repair services and commuting accessories.

Janet Wolf, director of youth programs for the city, also praised the bike center's potential to offer teenagers community-oriented job opportunities.

Other bicycle initiatives Anderson announced are:

Adding bike lanes to Beck Street and to 300 West between 600 North and the Beck Street Frontage Road, and a shared-use pathway along the frontage road that connects to U.S. Highway 89 in North Salt Lake.

Adding shared-use symbols on 200 South between Main Street and State Street.

Adding shoulder striping to provide a wide shared parking/bike area on 1100 East from 200 South to 2100 South, 900 East from 900 South to 2100 South, and 2700 South from 1300 East to 2300 East.

Since 2000, a number of bike-related improvements have been made in the city, including the installation of 153 miles of bike lanes, pedestrian- and bicyclist-activated traffic signals at several spots along the Jordan River Parkway Trail, 45 new bike racks downtown and a shared-use path connecting Hidden Hollow to Wilmington Drive in Sugar House.

In January, Anderson issued his "complete streets" executive order, requiring all road projects — new roads as well as major work on existing roads — to include accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists.


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