Bond backer ‘delighted’ |

Bond backer ‘delighted’

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Carolyn Frankenburg spent months trying to convince Parkites that the city’s streets could be safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Enough Parkites agreed on Tuesday, handing Frankenburg and other activists a decisive win on Election Day.

Park City voters, by a 1,018-833 margin, approved a first-ever pedestrian and bicyclist bond, $15 million that will be used to make paths, walkways and bicycle routes safer.

"It’s so exciting. I’m delighted. It just means people really care about making proactive choices in their lives," Frankenburg says.

Frankenburg works with the Coalition for Safe Streets and the Share the Road committee, two groups that want to heighten awareness between drivers, walkers and bicyclists. She says she will "gladly" pay the increased property taxes.

She wants some of the money spent to upgrade crossings on Kearns Boulevard and Bonanza Drive, two improvements that were widely discussed in the months before Election Day, but she is unsure what work she prefers.

Many Parkites say crossing the two streets, which are among the busiest in the city, is dangerous. Lots of people who cast ‘Yea’ votes likely expect upgrades to the two streets.

Details have not been decided, but the money could fund pedestrian-bicyclist tunnels or overpasses on the two roads.

Frankenburg also hopes for improvements on Park Avenue, Comstock Drive and Little Kate Road, and she wants better connections to schools. Those would enable students to more easily walk or bicycle to class, she says.

She plans to apply to sit on a City Hall committee that will recommend how the money is spent.

"I think it was proven we can make a difference in how things go in our community," Frankenburg says.

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