The Wasatch Front is expected to grow by 65% in the next 30 years. With rapid growth upon us, now is the ideal time to implement alternative transportation sources that will allow connectivity throughout the region while minimizing environmental impact and increasing social and economic capital.
As stated in the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) 30-year Unified Transportation Plan, “currently, single occupant vehicles make up the largest single mode [of transportation]”. Sadly, this transportation choice is also the most expensive to fund on a personal level, the most detrimental in terms of environmental cost, and the least engaging in the socially.
So, the question is, how can we change this paradigm? How can we reduce the grand flow of money going into costly roads and money-pit cars, ease pollutants spewed from rush-hour traffic, increase face-to-face interaction between community members, and simultaneously encourage a unique niche market that will help set the Wasatch apart from other metropolitan areas? Simple, let’s all bike more!
In order to allow for this transition, we the taxpayers call on our local and state governments to allocate more transportation funds in favor of an increasingly bike-oriented region. We applaud the improvements that have been made in recent years and request more of the same: more bikeways, bike parking, bike share, and bike awareness. In return, we pledge to utilize this network and work together to create a happier, healthier and wealthier Wasatch Front.