Thursday, 27 July 2017 23:15

Get connected to the new and improved 9 Line trail

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By Jason Stevenson

Every street in Salt Lake City has its own personality, and city planners hope that new vibe for 900 South will be “connectivity.” Key to their efforts is the 9 Line, a shared use pathway that follows the abandoned 900 S rail corridor that the city purchased from Union Pacific in 2007. While the completed section of the trail currently spans 1.5 miles between Redwood Road and 700 W, city officials and many residents hope the 9 Line will become a major pedestrian/bicycle link connecting Salt Lake City’s westside and eastside neighborhoods like Glendale and Poplar Grove (900 West), Central Ninth (200 W) and 9th and 9th (900 East).

“Connectedness is probably one of the most important things we do,” explains Jeff Gulden, a transportation engineer for Salt Lake City. “We take that for granted when we talk about streets and cars, but often we don’t realize the importance of connectedness when it comes to bike and pedestrian facilities.”

So far most of the planning and development has occurred on the city’s west side, including this year’s expansion of the off-road bike park and community garden at 700 W. After building the 10-foot wide asphalt path several years ago, the city recently quadrupled the size of the bike park to 1.3 acres with the help of Salt Lake Valley Trails Society, while also adding shade structures, water fountains, benches, and opening a new community garden.

Designed for mountain and BMX-style bikes, the bike park now includes contoured dirt tracks and jumps rated beginner, intermediate, and expert. “Kids can learn to ride on the small rolling hills and advance to harder terrain as they get better, “says Tyler Murdock, a project coordinator at Salt Lake City Parks & Public Lands. “We want it to be a fun place for kids to be on bikes.

To help walkers and cyclists access the new amenities, the city also installed a safer crosswalk on 700 W. “One of the big reasons we loved this project was its ability to activate recreation along the 9 Line trail by attracting people to these new amenities,” says Murdock. Next steps for the 9 Line include new designs for the trailhead, landscaping, and public art between the Jordan River and Redwood Road. SLC Parks and Public Lands anticipates completing the designs for these improvements later this year and building them by the spring of 2018.

The eventual goal of the 9 Line is a continuous trail—with some on-street sections—connecting Redwood Road on the city’s west side to the mouth of Emigration canyon—a total distance of 7 miles.

The community will have a chance to experience these new improvements to the 9 Line trail on Saturday, August 12 at the WestSide Forward: It Starts with Us celebration to be held at the new bike park at 905 South 700 West. Everyone is invited to get connected!

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WestSide Forward: It Starts with Us

Celebrate our Westside 9 Line!
Saturday, August 12
905 South 700 West
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Bike Jump Track Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • Visit City, local nonprofit and small business booths
  • Ride, Bounce, Play, Eat, Converse, Connect
  • Raffle, Prizes, and much more…
  • For more information, call SLC Transportation at 801-535-790