Lee Davidson – The Salt Lake Tribune
As they looked out picture windows at the Salt Lake Valley below to imagine how growth may change it, officials held a summit Tuesday to discuss a possible revolution in transportation to reduce congestion and improve health.
What is that novel change? Encouraging more walking and bicycle riding, what officials like to call “active transportation.”
“Active transportation can really yield significant economic, environmental and health benefits,” Michael Allegra, president and CEO of the Utah Transit Authority, told the Active Transportation and Health Summit.
It was sponsored by such groups as UTA, the Utah Department of Transportation and the Utah Department of Health. They spent the day talking about efforts from expanding bike-share programs to adding more bike lanes or “bike boulevards” and incorporating active transportation into new road projects.
The summit met atop the Rice-Eccles Stadium tower at the University of Utah. As he opened the meeting, Allegra said many plans for the 2002 Winter Olympics and UTA’s TRAX light rail were worked out there amid its stunning valley view, and he hopes the move toward more active transportation will also have roots there. (…)