Hey, Park City!
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.
Become a Saturday Ride Location sponsor. No fees.
Become a full project sponsor. Includes ride location sponsor and plenty of benefits. Fees levels per month are:
See website for further details and benefits. Or call me 406-871-6282.