Summit County Council Deliberates on Speed Limits for Trails

The Summit County Council is currently deliberating on the implementation of speed limits for trails in the county. The council was presented with a proposed ordinance by Basin Recreation last month, similar to the one adopted by the Park City Council earlier this year. However, before taking a vote, the council members expressed the need for public input and further understanding of the proposed regulations.

While there is a general alignment with the spirit of the speed limit ordinance, the council members want to ensure that they thoroughly comprehend the implications and consequences of such a change to Summit County code. They are keen on gathering feedback from the public before making any decisions.

Efforts to standardize rules for Park City and Basin trails have been ongoing for several months, as these paths extend across both communities. A recent survey conducted among residents of Park City and Snyderville Basin revealed that over 70% of respondents are in favor of implementing speed limits on the pathways.

Additionally, the proposed ordinance also addresses the use of e-bikes on the trails. Currently, e-bikes are prohibited on Park City singletrack except for riders who are 65 and older or have a mobility disability. Basin Rec’s proposed ordinance looks to mirror these exceptions in the Basin area as well.

The Summit County Council will be taking a vote on July 10th. The discussions surrounding e-bikes and speed limits will commence at 4:15 p.m., and public comments will be welcomed. The meeting will be held at the Summit County Courthouse in Coalville, with the option to attend online for those interested.

The proposed implementation of speed limits for trails in Summit County is part of a broader effort to standardize rules for Park City and Basin trails. These trails span across both communities, and there has been ongoing discussion about the need for consistent regulations.

A recent survey conducted among residents of Park City and Snyderville Basin showed strong support for the implementation of speed limits on the pathways, with over 70% of respondents in favor. This indicates that there is a recognition among community members of the importance of safety on the trails.

In addition to speed limits, the proposed ordinance also addresses the use of e-bikes on the trails. Currently, e-bikes are prohibited on Park City singletrack, except for riders who are 65 and older or have a mobility disability. The proposed ordinance aims to mirror these exceptions in the Basin area as well, ensuring consistency in regulations.

The Summit County Council members have expressed the need for public input and a deeper understanding of the potential implications and consequences of implementing speed limits. They want to gather feedback from the community before taking a vote on the proposed ordinance. This reflects a responsible approach to decision-making, ensuring that all relevant factors are considered.

The council will be holding a meeting on July 10th, where they will discuss the proposed speed limits and e-bike regulations. The meeting will commence at 4:15 p.m. and will take place at the Summit County Courthouse in Coalville. For those interested, there is also an option to attend the meeting online.

For more information on the Summit County Council and their ongoing discussions, you can visit their official website at summitcounty.org. This website provides updates on various topics related to the county’s governance and initiatives, ensuring that the public is well-informed on matters that affect them.