Parks and Recreation Department

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Collaborate with Public Works and Community Development to ensure streets/sidewalks are comfortable environments for pedestrians and bicyclists.
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Ensure full integration of park and trail systems into the larger transportation network.
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Work with other departments to ensure Provo’s green spaces provide additional benefits, such as energy-saving, emission-cutting shade trees.

Convert Provo’s vehicle fleet to cleaner (tier 3) vehicles

Tool: Convert the Parks and Recreation vehicle fleet to clean fuel vehicles such as CNG & Electric vehicles.

Vehicle fleets use large amounts of fuel and will make a significant contribution to our air quality when converted to cleaner forms of fuel.

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Improve transit ridership through increased accessibility

Making it more convenient for Provo residents to access public transit will result in a decrease of private vehicular use and the associated emissions which pollute our air.

Tool: Prioritize bicycle and pedestrian routes near and around transit stops.

Bicycle and pedestrian routes near transit stops provide a non-motorized way to move between the transit stop and the final destination. Bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure also provides mobility options for community members who may not have a car, or choose not to drive, by allowing them to reach destinations safely and efficiently.

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Create a connected, complete, and safe bicycle and pedestrian system; emphasize navigational simplicity and connecting key neighborhoods, destinations, and transit

One of the most important reasons commuters do not use active transportation to get to work or school is because they feel it is unsafe, and the sidewalk and bike lane networks are not continuous or well-maintained. It is important to develop complete alternative transportation networks in order for them to be useful and used by commuters.

Tool: Provide a physical separation between the sidewalk and street such as park strip, on-street parking or paved tree grate area.

Streetscape design features that provide physical separation between pedestrian, cyclists and automobiles, create a safer, more walkable environment. Street trees provide shade and separation from automobiles and help to calm traffic. On-street parking and parked cars provide a buffer for cyclists and pedestrians.

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Tool: Coordinate connectivity of trails, bikeways and pedestrian facilities

Connectivity is a key to making biking and walking convenient. Connectivity standards should include coordination among different departments to encourage connectivity between destinations.

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Tool: Maintain an up-to-date bicycle and pedestrian master plan to coordinate connectivity of trails, bikeways and pedestrian facilities.

Maintaining an up-to-date master plan helps to ensure pedestrian friendly policies and design within future development. Updating the City’s master plan allows them to build on past successes while developing a future guide for new visions and policies. Provo currently has a Bicycle Master Plan which was adopted in September of 2013. The City should also consider developing a Pedestrian Master Plan to complement the existing Bicycle Master Plan.

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Tool: Provide lighting along streets, trails and public spaces to promote safety

The use of appropriate lighting along sidewalks, crosswalks and public spaces creates a safer and more comfortable environment for cyclists and pedestrians. Pedestrian scale lighting promotes safety through traffic calming and illuminated bikeways while discouraging criminal activity. People are encouraged to bike and walk more when they feel safe, especially at night. Lighting requirements should also minimize light pollution.

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Tool: Form an organization to increase the number of trees in Provo.

An organization whose purpose is to increase the number of trees in our urban forest could help individuals and neighborhoods access funding for purchasing trees.

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  • Friends of the Urban Forest, San Francisco. Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) is a non-profit that provides trees, technical expertise, and labor for neighborhoods and individuals interested in planting street trees. Since 1981, FUF has planted 47% of San Francisco’s total street tree canopy. http://www.fuf.net/

Develop a Parks and Recreation Sustainability Plan with an emphasis on air.

The Parks and Recreation Departments have key roles to play in cleaning our air, and they have the best expertise how to make an impact. Consider the roles you might fulfill in cleaning the air and develop a departmental plan for sustainability with an emphasis on air quality. Develop a method for tracking and measuring progress, and for annual review.

[i] From NACTO Street Design Guide. http://nacto.org/publication/urban-street-design-guide/street-design-elements/sidewalks/

[ii] From Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.