Dannielle LarkinSeptember 30, 2023
Sharon BartonSeptember 30, 2023
Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance
- What is your vision to help people ride and walk safely in our community? What
actual steps might you take to achieve your vision?
As an avid cyclist, I get very nervous when riding on the streets – especially where an
adequate bike path is unavailable. In Ivins, we have many great bike and walking
paths and I would like to see these enhanced and included in all new developments.
We read a lot about “walking communities” but I am not sure we have articulated
what that looks like, so I think we need to start there.
- Forty years ago, more than 60% of school children in the US walked or rode a
bicycle to school. Today, that figure is less than 10%. This decline in bicycling and
walking and physical activity in general has been mirrored by dramatic increases in
negative health impacts for kids. What would you do to reverse this trend? What
role do you think the city should play in making it safer for children to walk and bike
We are facing this challenge in Ivins currently. We have the two schools in proximity
with the Vista school having the biggest safety concern in my opinion. Vista School
has students coming from all over the area – so many cannot walk or ride bikes due
to distance and safety. We need to address the driving drop-off and pick-up in this
situation, but our hands are tied due to land constraints. Action is being taken on
Puerto Drive to at least provide sidewalks to enhance walking safety where none exist
now. Sadly, Center Street has developed with increasing speed and traffic that needs
to be addressed.
- Do you agree that Complete Streets (a design philosophy that provides safe
accommodations for all Users…vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists) is the approach
local municipalities need to take when designing and reconstructing roads?
This sounds like a great idea. In Ivins, roads are created by the developer as part of
their development. I think the burden would be on the developer to create this type of
design. This would also depend on the State and what they will allow the municipality
to have a “say” in going forward as they are looking to take much of that control
- Tell us about your personal experiences riding a bike, running or walking for
recreation, exercise or transportation.
My husband and I love to cycle and walk both for recreation and exercise! The
beautiful weather, trails and open spaces here make both possible year-round.
- Is there anything else that you would like to share about Active Transportation
in Washington County?