Letters to the Editor, Aug. 20-23, 2016
August 19, 2016
City punished all transportation providers
A growing number of "fully insured and properly licensed" Transportation Service Providers in the Park City area such as my company, Four Seasons Concierge, and others like Peak Transportation, DayTrips, Utah Limousine, Karaoke Cab, and PROTRANS operate both our existing business and supplement our business during slower periods by partnering with UBER.
As part of the recent partnership that UBER formed with the Kimball Art Center for this past weekend's Art Festival, UBER had use of a portion of the top‐floor of the China Bridge Garage. In your article, "Uber space added to arts fest canvas" from the August 13, 2016 addition it mentioned, "The City Council as part of the approval added a prohibition that bars Uber drivers from using a taxi‐staging area in the vicinity of the intersection of Main Street and Hillside Avenue." By doing so, the City Council put many transportation service providers that pay licensing and permitting fees in an uncomfortable situation and cost many of us a loss in revenue.
Many locals and existing clients of these transportation services had prearranged rides to/from Main Street during the Festival — from passengers that did not want to risk limited availability or the chance of a high, surge-priced fare. Since these transportation service providers pay all their fees, permits, and have the necessary insurance, we should have been able to stage in the area of Main Street and Hillside Avenue to accept cash rides and/or pick‐up/drop‐off clients… instead the police, many of which were from surrounding areas, would not let these vehicles down onto Swede Alley. In fact, one of our drivers that lives in the Gateway Center condominium building was prohibited from even parking in his garage and instead had to park miles away and take the bus, UBER, or local transportation to/from his car which is totally unacceptable (despite also having the required "Swede Alley Art Festival Vehicle Pass").
If the City Council is going to carve out special treatment to UBER and existing Transportation Service Providers they should also consider those that participate in both platforms/manners.
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Sam Rubin, owner
Four Seasons Concierge Park City
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Cyclists say thanks to Park City and Summit County residents
Amazing. Incredible. Spectacular.
Some of the world's best professional cyclists used those words to describe the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. From Aug. 1-7, they raced 705 miles of byways, highways and mountain passes from Zion Canyon Village to Park City. They entertained hundreds of thousands of cycling fans in more than 120 countries on broadcast television and live web streaming. They showcased the beauty of Utah through the eyes of sport.
Those same words describe the people, partners and communities who supported the Tour of Utah. We could not operate this international event without our 13 host venues, their local organizing committees and more than 1,200 volunteers. With competition taking place on public roads, through national forests and urban centers, we appreciate the support of the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and the Utah Department of Transportation, as well as public safety officials and staff from numerous counties and municipalities.
Those two words convey our sentiment to the residents and businesses who embraced the event as it rolled past your driveways, farms, and store fronts. We appreciate your patience when the 125 pro cyclists and caravan vehicles momentarily travelled in and around Park City. Our intention is for the peloton to do more than race by, but to drive economic activity and inspiration for outdoor recreation.
For the riders, the event is known as "America's Toughest Stage Race." We hope that for the citizens of Utah, it was an enjoyable, community event. We ring our cowbell for your help in making this year's Tour of Utah a great success.
Jenn Andrs, Executive Director
Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
Re-paved 189 unsafe for cyclists
Over the weekend I had the pleasure of bicycling from Park City, around Heber Valley and out Main Canyon Road, through Wallsburg and beyond. What a treat on a lovely day!
Along the way I rode on the newly-paved segment of US-189 along Deer Creek Reservoir between the state park and UT-113. Southbound was fine – plenty of shoulder to work with – though the behavior of a local member of the Rolling Coal fraternity was annoying.
Northbound, though, is harrowing. Along the stretch that hugs the reservoir the new pavement has reduced the width of the ride-able shoulder, and thereby made the road unsafe for cyclists. There is no useful median area here, so large vehicles and cyclists contend for too little usable road surface. I was nearly struck by a tractor-trailer on a right hand turn – the trailer's back wheels were on or across the white lane line: well within the 3-foot passing buffer. I had nowhere to go, because the new pavement drops off precipitously into the drain area along the road.
This segment of the road appears to be essentially complete (pavement in place; lane striping complete; etc.). This is the only route to Provo Canyon and Sundance for bicyclists, and has been used by the Tour of Utah. It's not clear to me what UDOT plans to do to make this stretch safe for cyclists, but in my opinion they need to address this unsafe situation before something tragic happens. An ounce of prevention …
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