Hey, Park City!

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Hey, Park City!

Bicycling Could Help Save The Planet, Says Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

 

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

a globally-significant report published in FORBES Magazine, it states, “one of the ways of saving our world will be for more of us to cycle more frequently.”

 

Park City's traffic problems are well documented. As a resident or visitor, you don't have to be told. The bad news is that it's not going to get any better as long as massive development continues without a SERIOUS traffic plan -- one that includes BIKING


 

The car-free Sunday on Main Street initiated this past summer is a step in the right direction. Even a gondola system has been suggested.  The only real solution is to eliminate cars from downtown commercial districts. Period.  Probably not in our lifetime. 

 

Park City is arguably the top bicycling destinations in the country, and the city has done more to promote cycling with the e-bike ride-sharing programs, trail systems and other projects than any other town this side of Copenhagen. The problem is that 90% of all biking in Park City is recreational. It’s NOT geared for alternative transportation. The reason is the lack of efficient cycling infrastructure. The fear of biking in heavy traffic only encourages people to continue to drive all or most of the time. 


 

Just for fun, we did a “ride around town survey” (very unofficial) to see how many businesses actually provided one of the most basic  biking necessities -- a bike rack. 

 

We visited about 80 businesses. Some actually made “token” efforts by providing a bike rack usually located in the back of the store, next to the dumpster. Most bikes in Park City cost upwards of $5000.  BUT not one business we visited, which included all the BIKE SHOPS, provided a substantial rack -- situated in front of the store, where cyclists could see their bike while “supporting local businesses” and feel comfortable about leaving their high-end carbon-fiber mount or their WalMart special unattended. None.

 

 

WE HAVE A PLAN. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP

 

BIKE SATURDAYS addresses all these issues, and more, in a three part promotion.

 

PART I: Saturday FAM Ride

Familiarize cyclists with the local paved and off-road trail systems, trail etiquette and safety

 

PART II: Bike, Walk, Bus to Work/School Incentives

Points awarded, converted to merchandise awards

 

PART III: Merchant Incentive Promotion

Encourages residents and visitors to travel by bike and to patronize local businesses.

 

Will this alleviate Park City’s traffic problems? It’s a start. BUT we need your help.

 

  1. Become a Saturday Ride Location sponsor. No fees. 

 

  1. Become a full project sponsor. Includes ride location sponsor and plenty of benefits. Fees levels per month are:

    1. $55

    2. $45

    3. $35

 

See website for further details and benefits. Or call me 406-871-6282. 

TRENDING

Much Talk About PC Traffic, Cars and Gondolas

Personally I like the gondola idea. It might cost a few bills, but hey, it's Park City. What I like even better is a High Speed Elevated Tram Train. 

5 lessons from Stockholm’s bold congestion-reduction plan for any city to copy. Even Park City.

Either restrain car traffic or let it get increasingly worse.

As Stockholm’s lively, compact, and well-connected downtown core became even more bustling over time—with more people, businesses, and visitors herding to its center—this growth came with an important choice: either restrain car traffic or let it get increasingly worse.

New York to invest $1.7 billion to “break car culture”

Big cities, or small towns, they all have the same traffic problems. Cars are killing us.

City Council speaker Corey Johnson, who is expected to run for mayor in 2021, as saying: “The way we plan our streets now makes no sense and New Yorkers pay the price every day, stuck on slow buses or risking their own safety cycling without protected bike lanes … I want to completely revolutionize how we share our street space, and that’s what this bill does.

“This is a roadmap to breaking the car culture in a thoughtful, comprehensive way, and I am so proud to pass this bill today.”

Recent Headlines PARK RECORD

Can you believe his one? It's a step in the right direction, but will only work if cars are restricted, or banned from major locations, like Main Street

 

Park City leaders held a brief but potentially significant discussion about the possibilities of creating an aerial transit system in the community, perhaps through a network of gondolas, lifts or other people movers. The talk was part of the ongoing work to devise alternatives in an effort to answer the long-running concern about traffic.

Recent Headlines PARK RECORD

It's time to shut down Main Street to cars. Period

Park City is considering setting aside a series of locations along Main Street for taxis and shuttles to drop off and pick up passengers. They would be prime spots that would only be available at certain times to vehicles with a permit that would be issued by the municipal government.

New park in Oakley protects public’s Weber River access in perpetuity

PARK RECORD October 26, by Alexander Cramer

"It’s beautiful, there are trees, a river next door…. It just is one more element in getting kids and families outside enjoying nature and away from their phones,” Tom Smart, Oakley city councilor. 

Recycling is Not the Soution

Park City, or Recycle Utah is one of the most successful recylcling programs in the county. However, much of what is designed is done so with the sole intent of creating manipulative, misleading, or misdirected outcomes, in order to get people to consume things they don’t need or see the world in a particular way or for an increase in profit margins.

How to get buses to run on schedule? Restrict other traffic

As Park City continues to find solutions to it's growing traffic problems, here's some ideas what other cities are doing

New York City and Toronto, CA are closing major streets to cars, taxis to make public transit more efficient. "Both King Street in Toronto and 14th Street in New York could serve as examples for other cities (like Park City) dealing with congestion and crawling public transit commutes—clearing one major street of private traffic in other cities could encourage more public commuting there, because it allows public transit to be more effective."

Just in time for ski season ? ?

Outdoor exercise is good for the mind, body, and soul. if you're looking for an activity that can help carve your upper body and shoulders while still delivering a cardiovascular workout, paddlesports are a good way to go.

The Brain Changing Benefits of Exercise

Wendy Suzuki’s TED talk

What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym, ride a bike, walk, run as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory -- and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.

ENVIRONMENT

Toxic red tide is killing thousands of fish, turtles, dolphins, even manatees. It’s a crisis that can’t be understated. 

Already, an estimated 150 million tons of plastic contaminate our oceans, with about 8 million tons being added each year. By 2050, our oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight.

The water war that will decide the fate of 1 in 8 Americans. 

Already, an estimated 150 million tons of plastic contaminate our oceans, with about 8 million tons being added each year. By 2050, our oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight.

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