Salt Lake City

City to Launch 2013 SmartTrips Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 12, 2013
Contact: Art Raymond
801-547-2659


City to Launch 2013 SmartTrips Program

SALT LAKE CITY – Mayor Ralph Becker, Councilman Stan Penfold and the City’s Division of Sustainability and Environment will launch the 2013 SmartTrips program for the Fairpark neighborhood at a media event on Friday, April 12 at 11 a.m. at Utah State Fairpark, 155 N. 1000 West near the south entrance.

The SmartTrips program helps remove barriers that prevent residents from taking full advantage of their transportation alternatives. Participants are provided resources such as a Salt Lake City Bike Map; UTA transit schedules; a map that highlights available resources within walking distance; customized bicycle commute trips; carpool and vanpool information and information on bicycle and pedestrian laws.

Salt Lake City’s Fairpark neighborhood, consisting of approximately 1,700 homes, was selected to coincide with the opening of the Airport TRAX line and Complete Street infrastructure on the newly revamped North Temple.

“SmartTrips is another way for us to help residents take full advantage of transit and active transportation alternatives in a program with a grassroots, neighborhood-level focus,” said Mayor Becker. “Bringing the program to our Fairpark community, as the Airport TRAX line begins service and new multi-modal options become available as part of the recently completed North Temple construction, should be a great opportunity to raise the awareness, and use, of alternatives to getting around in cars.”

Incentives are also available to help participants make the transition to public and active (bicycling and walking) transportation even easier. Seven-day UTA passes, bicycle headlights and pedometers have been generously donated by participant organizations. As an additional incentive, a coupon book has been assembled that provides discounts at local businesses in an effort to encourage participants to take advantage of establishments near their homes.

In 2012, the SmartTrips program in Salt Lake City’s East Liberty Park neighborhood garnered participation from 16 percent of households and helped reduce “drive alone” miles by 26 percent.

Additional information on Salt Lake City’s SmartTrips program can be found at www.slcgov.com/slcgreen/smarttrips.
 
EVENT:                                       SmartTrips Fairpark Program Launch

WHO:                                          Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker
                                                   Salt Lake City Councilman and RDA Chairman Stan Penfold
                                                   Northwest Recreation Center Program Coordinator Heather Woichik
                                                                        
WHEN:                                        Friday, April 12
                                                   11 a.m.
 
WHERE:                                       Utah State Fairpark
                                                    155 N. 1000 West
                                                    Near south entrance
                                                           
About the SmartTrips Program

The SmartTrips program is operated by the Salt Lake City Division of Sustainability. Sponsors for the SmartTrips Fairpark program include UDOT’s TravelWise program, the Wasatch Front Regional Council and Utah Transit Authority (UTA). For questions about the 2013 SmartTrips program, contact Sara Rose Tannenbaum at 801-535-7761 or smartrips@slcgov.com.