Top 5 stories on ParkRecord.com, week of Sept. 9
First snow, traffic concerns, reckless driving, and bike shares
Editor’s note: Stories in this list received the most page views on ParkRecord.com over the past week.
PARK CITY SEES FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON, SORT OF
Parkites must be eager for winter to begin. How else to explain last week’s top story? Park City Mountain Resort, Brighton Resort, and Alta Ski Area all reported the first snowfall of the season, enticing pictures included. Are your skis waxed and ready yet?
PARK CITY TRAFFIC STOP: ‘DUE TO DRIVING WITH A TOTAL LACK OF REGARD FOR HIS OWN OR THE PUBLIC’S SAFETY’
The Park City Police Department conducted a traffic operation along the Kearns Boulevard corridor in the first week of September, with one of those stops coming due to a motorist driving with a “total lack of regard for his own or the public’s safety.” The operation was timed to coincide with the early weeks of classes in the Park City School District.
SUMMIT BIKE SHARE HAS SEEN SHARP DECLINE IN RIDERS
There is good news and bad news for Summit Bike Share over the past year. A federal grant allowed for the purchase of 60 more bikes and twice as many stations across the Snyderville Basin. Ridership numbers, however, have plummeted, with about 11,000 trips taken this year as of Sept. 13. That’s roughly the same as the month of June alone last year, and about 28,000 fewer trips than in 2018. Summit County officials say a lack of operable bikes is largely to blame.
DEER VALLEY LODGES PLEDGE TO AVOID OLD TOWN STREET, BUT WANT LESS NEIGHBORHOOD HARASSMENT IN RETURN
Hillside Avenue residents have long been vocal about the traffic congestion in Old Town, with lodging properties, delivery firms, taxis, shuttles and ridesharing firms drawing much of the blame. Last week, a group of lodging properties in upper Deer Valley drafted what they consider a letter of intent, which outlines steps they will take to mitigate traffic. In return, they are asking for City Hall’s help with outreach and “assistance with reducing harassment / conflicts with Hillside Area neighbors.”
SUMMIT COUNTY COUNCIL TO WEIGH SILVER CREEK/BITNER CONNECTION
The Silver Creek neighborhood, with its 600 homes, has only one way in or out, and the Summit County Council sought public input last week on which of several options are best to connect Silver Creek Road to Bitner Ranch Road.
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Parkites see traffic and transportation as Park City’s biggest challenge over the next five to 10 years, a City Hall-hired firm that is leading the efforts to craft a community vision has found as part of its research. And they also see transportation solutions as one of the two top opportunities, alongside strategic development, during the same period, the research found.