What's Happening

The walkability study released by the University of Utah a few weeks ago (see previous post for full details) sparked a lot of dialogue and additional news stories in the Salt Lake Valley regarding the positive aspects of walkable communities, and the specific benefits of neighborhoods that are designed to allow kids to walk to school more safely. An opinion piece from the  Salt Lake Tribune stated: “When walking is common, it becomes safer, since there is safety in the large number of children and adults strolling about. Planning can provide pedestrians with direct routes to various destinations by paths, trails and sidewalks that are buffered from street traffic and shaded.”
Here are some links to a few of those stories as additional food for thought.

  • Original Salt Lake Tribune article about the walkability study:
  • Follow up Tribune Opinion piece about walking to school: