Shared path improves safety for bicyclists, walkers

Bicyclists and joggers enjoy the newly installed shared use path the city installed on 100 West, the construction was a secondary component of the nearly completed project.
Photo courtesy of the City of Moab Engineering Department

A secondary priority of the 100 West Infrastructure Project was the installation of 3,000 feet of shared use path for walkers and bicyclists. “As you know,” said City of Moab Engineer Chuck Williams, “a lot of 100 West had no sidewalk.”

That is no longer the case. The shared use path begins at Main Street and 100 South and continues as 100 South curves north into 100 West, where it will lead past Swanny City Park, down Emma Boulevard to Maxine Avenue and ultimately to Highway 191, where there are plans for a new pedestrian-activated crossing light such as what exists on the highway near City Market.

From there, the Utah Department of Transportation as part of its planned Highway 191 widening project intends to extend the shared use path from 500 West down the east side of the highway to another crossing at Emma Boulevard.

“This is going to be really cool for bicyclists,” said Williams, standing at a map of the city. He said they would be able to ride from the site of the future USU-Moab well south of downtown to the river.

“This is really a good thing,” said Williams, who noted there is a difference between bike paths and shared use paths in that the first is for commuter bicyclists and the second for children and families.

On the subject of bike paths, the one that runs along Mill Creek no longer features a curb cut to access 100 South; a situation Williams said was dangerous due to vehicle traffic. Barricades temporarily block that exit. Cyclists will instead bike inside a handrail that will be constructed within the next week or two.

For walkers, the shared use path exists where not even a sidewalk was before, something students who walk to HMK and their parents will undoubtedly appreciate.