2019 Move Utah Summit Recap
Last week, Bike Utah attended the 2019 Move Utah Summit, a gathering of transportation, health, planning, government, and non-profit professionals focused on improving and creating more healthy and connected Utah communities.
With an emphasis on health and well-being, it was exciting to hear ideas for consideration of active transportation within the context of better community liveabilty and improved transit solutions. Carlos Braceras, Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Executive Director commented in his opening statement that UDOT's goal is to "move people, not cars." The terms "community" and "connected" were repeated throughout the day, as panelists spoke about ways to get people walking and biking as part of everyone's daily routines.
At the end of the day, attendees were able to walk, ride, or scoot over to the newly revamped 300 E 700 S intersection, which was completed thanks to a partnership with Bike Utah, Spin, and Better Block. (More on that here: https://www.bikeutah.org/blog/2019/9/5/spin-and-bike-utah-partner-on-intersection-makeover)
The overall take-away was that while individual communities and Utah as a state may have some ground to cover to truly improve Utah's transit and active transportation infrastructure, it is a priority on everyone's agenda.
Do you have ideas for improvements in your community? Comment here, and we'll see where we can help! The 1,000 Miles Program provides support for communities to build the kinds of bicycle facilities that will facilitate a healthier Utah!
For more information about the 2019 Move Utah Summit, visit https://move.utah.gov/move-utah-summit-2019/