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Get Pedaling: 4 trails in Salt Lake County to enjoy during National Bike Month


May 21, 2020

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There are plenty of ways to participate in National Bike Month this May, whether you’re an essential employee biking to and from your job, taking the kids on a P.E. break from homeschooling, or looking for a safe way to get out of your confining house and into some fresh air.

To celebrate National Bike Month in Salt Lake County, take a spin on one of these four trails.

Parley's Trail in Salt Lake City

1. Parley's Trail

On the east portion of the 8-mile trail, it goes over bridges, under tunnels and along the edge of Sugar House Park from Parley's Canyon. On the west portion, the trail follows UTA's S-Line Streetcar with urban art/murals and ends at Jordan River.

    • Where: East or west starting from Sugar House Park, 1330 2100 South, Salt Lake City
    • Best time to ride: All times
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2. Mountain View Corridor

The Mountain View Corridor features 17 miles of unique views of the Oquirrh Mountains and the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. The Wasatch looks beautiful from this vantage point! The northern section of the trail has some hills, with the southern section being flatter.

    • Where: 11400 South to 4100 South
    • Best time to ride: Morning or evening for great views and cool temperatures 

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3. Jordan River Parkway

This 45-mile trail meanders alongside the Jordan River and has fun stops along the way, such as the International Peace Gardens, Gardner Village and numerous parks. You may see birds and other wildlife during your ride. To view different parts of the trail on a map, visit https://myjordanriver.org/.
    • Where: Rose Park to Bluffdale and anywhere in between
    • Best time to ride: Any time between 5 a.m.-11 p.m.

4. Porter Rockwell Trail

The Porter Rockwell Trail is a fun 4.8-mile ride past parks and through neighborhoods. It's named after Orrin Porter Rockwell, a Mormon settler in the 1800s and bodyguard for Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. The trail provides options to explore by connecting in multiple spots to the Draper Irrigation Canal Trail.

    • Where: 9000 South (start at the UTA TRAX station)
    • Best time to ride: All times

Salt Lake County's Planning & Transportation department believes bicycling is a safe, healthy and equitable mode of transportation. Volunteers on the county's Bicycle Advisory Committee (SLCBAC) identify opportunities to improve bicycle commuting and recreation throughout the county and share those recommendations with the Mayor. For more information, visit slco.org/bicycle


Bobsled bike trail in Salt Lake City gets new caution signs


May 19, 2020

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Did you know Salt Lake County has a vibrant group of volunteers dedicated to biking?

The Bicycle Advisory Committee (SLCBAC), formed in 2001, has grown into a robust group supporting local biking nonprofits and transportation projects to improve access and safety for all residents hopping on a bike across Salt Lake County.

SLCBAC recently funded the installation of new caution signs on the popular Bobsled Mountain Bike Trail that extends from the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in Salt Lake City.

Members Alex Degnan and Mike Mikhalev worked with Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake Valley Trails Society to put up the signs in mid-April to help hikers recreating near the trail to be aware of bikers.

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Leading SLCBAC as chair is Blair Tomten, an engineer specializing in design of bike lanes. SLCBAC believes bicycling is a healthy and beneficial mode of transportation and advises the Mayor on opportunities to improve bicycle commuting and recreation in Salt Lake County.

SLCBAC is currently seeking members to represent County District 2 (Magna, West Valley, South Jordan, Herriman). The Committee meets every second Wednesday each month from 5:30–7 p.m.

If you're interested, apply here or email JSStewart@slco.org for more details.


Public Hearing Set for May 19 for Wasatch Canyons General Plan


May 15, 2020

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The Wasatch Canyons General Plan update is a long-term plan for the areas within Parleys Canyon, Mill Creek Canyon, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Little Cottonwood Canyon (not including Town of Alta) and adjacent unincorporated foothills.

During the Public Hearing at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, a summary of the Plan will be presented, followed by public comments and a discussion/vote consideration by the County Council.

Due to COVID-19, the public hearing will occur only online with no physical location, as authorized by the Governor’s Executive Order on March 18, 2020.

Written comments from the public are encouraged to be submitted prior to the hearing at slco.org/wasatch-canyons. Verbal comments can be given during the online meeting by calling (385) 468-7480. 
Residents can join the meeting's live broadcast through the County Council webpage and/or Facebook.com/SLCoCouncil.

The plan meets the required State laws for General Plans including the elements of housing, transportation and land use, along with additional topics of recreation, environment and economy.

Learn about the Plan's details at slco.org/wasatch-canyons.


Salt Lake County Facilitates Economic Relief to Restore Magna Main Street after 5.7 Earthquake


May 14, 2020

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The 5.7 magnitude earthquake on March 18 shook those in Magna deeply; residents and businesses there were found to be the closest to the epicenter. More than 2,000 aftershocks have been recorded in the weeks following the initial earthquake.

Sites absorbing the brunt of damage were quickly identified and assessed by the State Historic Preservation Office. This includes 24 buildings along Magna’s Main Street, where damage was visible immediately following the disaster.

As part of ongoing earthquake response across Salt Lake County, the Redevelopment Agency approved the transfer of $569,835 on Tuesday, April 28 to create the Magna Main Street Revolving Loan Fund.

In order to provide residents and businesses urgent access to resources to rebuild, repair, and restore in the aftermath, the Salt Lake County RDA has partnered with Preservation Utah to manage the fund and connect eligible residents with this designated aid relief.

 “We heard and felt the concern from Magna businesses and residents after the earthquake, and immediately knew we had to find a way to help those who were most impacted, not just by the health emergency but then also by a natural disaster,” said RDA Director Blake Thomas. “The conversion and transfer of this fund to Preservation Utah allows us to act more swiftly in response to disaster victims’ critical needs and uplift Magna for decades to come.”

All structures in the project area on Main Street are eligible to apply. Funds can be used for restoration, rehabilitation, repair, acquisition, and project fees tied to earthquake damage on exteriors, as well as interiors.

“At the root of this effort you have people at Salt Lake County and at my organization who care deeply about Magna, who recognize that Magna's Main Street is a Utah treasure, and who are willing to partner to ensure that this treasure is not only restored but continues to shine for decades to come,” said David Amott, interim executive director of Preservation Utah, an organization whose mission is to keep the past alive and inspire and provoke a more creative present and sustainable future.

The new Magna Main Street loan fund is possible due to the Magna West Main Street RDA Project Area created in 1988 and started in 1997. While the project area remained unspent for many years, a fund balance of $569,835 remained after collection ended in 2017. Following local inquiries for support in recovering from the earthquake damage, the Salt Lake County RDA was able to quickly take action to repurpose this money for immediate local benefit.

This resource is expected to help improve and beautify Magna for the next 20 years.

“In my over 20 years of working with government agencies on community projects, the work Salt Lake County did with all of the working groups and taxing entities to make this funding available is the fastest I have ever seen,” said Magna Mayor Dan Peay. “In these challenging times, it is to the credit to all who have worked on this that we are able to announce this today. On behalf of Magna, I would like to express my thanks to Salt Lake County, Preservation Utah, the Utah State Historic Preservation Office, the Utah Film Commission, and the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District. Magna looks forward to participating as a part of this team effort to help rebuild Magna Main Street.”

Those on Magna Main Street who are interested in the program can contact David Amott at Preservation Utah by emailing david@preservationutah.org or by phone at (801) 971-4808, with a loan inquiry form ready to submit.

 

Quick Facts about the new Loan Fund:
  • Loan terms are up to five years
  • The interest rate is one half of prime at the time the loan is approved, or approximately 1.625% currently
  • Work must be completed within 1 year of disbursement
  • Property types eligible include owner-occupied residential, residential rental, commercial, and mixed-use buildings
  • Loan amounts are dependent on bids submitted with the application
  • As funds revolve, they will likely be used outside earthquake repair to continue improvements within Magna