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It’s Time to Count Bikes!

The Salt Lake City Transportation Division is currently seeking volunteers for the 2014 SLC Bike Count!

What’s a Bike Count?

Since 2010, Salt Lake City has participated in the National Bicycle/Pedestrian Documentation Project to track the number of bicyclists throughout the city.

Volunteers assist the City in recording the number of bicyclists at key intersections. By gathering consistent data from year to year, it is our intention to provide better information about how bicycle use is changing and growing in our community. Your participation in this project assists our efforts to improve the transportation infrastructure, making streets safer for both motor vehicle operators and bicycling alike.

Since the inception of this project, we have witnessed an increase in overall bicycle traffic. With your support, it is our vision to create a community where bicycling is safe, comfortable and convenient for everyone.

What will the 2014 data show us? Have recent infrastructure improvements continued to spur the growth of bicycling in Salt Lake City? Will the percentage of female bicyclists change as we add more protected bike infrastructure? Help us find out!

When is it?

  • September 9 – 11 (Tuesday through Thursday)
    5 – 7 p.m.
  • September 13 – 14 (Saturday and Sunday)
    Noon – 2 p.m.

The 2014 count locations are listed below, along with a link to a map.

How can I help?

Volunteers are needed to fill either 1 or 2 hours shifts manually counting the number of bicyclists riding through specific intersections during “peak hours” throughout SLC. Each count location is staffed by only one volunteer for each time slot; please do be sure you can commit to count when you sign up.

Sign up now! Your help is greatly appreciated.

Initial volunteer sign-up is open through this Sunday, August 24th.  We will do an initial schedule that week, and will then look for volunteers to help fill any remaining shifts.

Questions?

Contact Weston Jenson, the 2014 Bike Count Coordinator at  BikeCount@slcgov.com or (801) 535-6112 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m.)

Volunteers are very welcome to sign up for more than one location and time slot.  Thank you!

 2014 Locations

View the map of locations.

Downtown / Sugar House Flats

  • Main St. @ 200 S.
  • 800 E. @ 800 S.
  • Main St. @ 1300 S.
  • 2100 S. @ Highland Dr. (1100 E.)
  • Sugar House Greenway (approx. 2240 S.) @ 600 E.

Sunnyside / Foothill

  • Sunnyside Ave. @ Guardsman Way.
  • Sunnyside Ave. @ Arapeen Dr. (approx 2250 E.)
  • Parley’s Crossing (Foothill Dr. @ 2300 S.)

University Area

  • University St. @ 200 S.
  • University St. @ South Campus Dr.
  • 100 S. @ Wolcott St.
  • South Campus Dr. @ Mario Capecchi Dr.
  • OSH @ Kendall D. Garff Building

West Side / Beck St.

  • Beck St. @ Chicago St. (approx. 1800 N.)
  • North Temple @ Redwood Rd. (1700 W.)
  • Jordan River Trail @ Indiana Ave. (approx. 800 S. & 1100 W.)
  • 1700 S. @ 900 W.
  • 600 N. @ 900 W.
  • 1700 S. @ Redwood Road (1700 W.)

It’s Apricot Time & We Need Volunteers!

Trees across Salt Lake City are heavy with ripe, delicious apricots and we need your help to harvest them!

We are in great need for volunteers for harvesting events on the following days:

  • Saturday, July 12 (beginning at 8 a.m.)
  • Monday, July 14
  • Tuesday, July 15

Volunteer teams will help harvest local apricot trees in the Salt Lake City. Volunteers will be able to bring a portion of the harvest home with them to enjoy.

No experience is necessary – training will be done with volunteers on site.

To sign up please email SLCgreen@slcgov.com.

SLC FruitShare helps to minimize food waste, promote local food production, and enhance the community’s knowledge of fruit trees by engaging local fruit tree owners.

Throughout the year, fruit trees are pruned, thinned and the fruit is then picked and donated to non-profits working on sustainable food and hunger issues (Utahns Against Hunger and Green Urban Lunchbox).

Intern with SmartTrips SLC!

SmartTrips Intern – Salt Lake City Division of Sustainability

Deliveries_FacebookSLCgreen is recruiting a summer intern team for the SmartTrips program!

SmartTrips Salt Lake City is a neighborhood-based program that encourages active and public transportation through collaborative community events, educational newsletters and free kits delivered by bicycle.

SmartTrips is modeled after similar efforts in Portland, Oregon and other communities, which have all successfully reduced vehicle trips and emissions among participants.

This year SmartTrips is visiting Sugar House and the neighborhoods along the recently launched S-Line streetcar. Learn more here:  www.smarttripsslc.com.

Intern Learning Opportunities

Enjoy getting to know your neighborhood by bicycle?  Want to support and work with local businesses to incentivize their customers to leave their cars at home?  Looking for an outlet to write about air quality?  Like collaborating with schools, libraries and local organizations on environmental education?

The opportunities for interns to get involved are many!  We invite you to bring your own interests, skills and ideas to our team.

Requirements

  • Ideal candidates are passionate and knowledgeable about alternative transportation, sustainability, community organizing, and/or the Sugar House area.
  • We ask for a 15-25 hour per week commitment from May to August 2014. Know that there is opportunity to start as early as April or extend through September.
  • Be flexible to attend some SmartTrips events and bicycle deliveries that may occur in the evening and on weekends.

To apply:  

  1. Visit www.slcgov.com/jobs and “click here” for Current City Job Openings.
  2. Follow the directions to apply for the Mayor’s Office “Voluntary Intern” listing (Bid #12002).
  3. In your application, please be sure to specify your interest in interning with SLCgreen’s SmartTrips program.

** Please note that this is a volunteer, unpaid internship.

Questions?  Please contact SmartTrips Coordinator, Sara Rose, at: sararose.tannenbaum@slcgov.com.

FruitShare’s Guide to Maintaining Your Trees

IMG_0772Salt Lake City’s FruitShare program is growing leaps and bounds! Last year the program collected over 10,000 pounds of fresh local fruit from residential trees and put it into the hands of individuals with low access to healthy produce.

Even though the temperatures are brisk and your trees are bare, now is the time to think about participating in FruitShare in 2014!

Register new trees or volunteer to harvest (& enjoy a share of the bounty!)

Here is a timeline of 2014 FruitShare events and opportunities:

February – March:
Fruit Tree Pruning — If you’re interested in having your tree(s) pruned/trimmed, please send an email by February 15th and you will be added to our trimming list. Please note, we may not be able to get to some trees due to resources and or eligibility. Adding your tree to our list does not guarantee trimming service. We will inform you whether or not you will receive trimming service. A suggested donation of $25 is requested for this service to help cover the cost of providing this service.

March:
Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop — March 29, 2014 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Join Wasatch Community Gardens and Tree Utah for a lesson on fruit tree care. In this hands-on workshop you will learn about how to use your pruning tools. And, you will learn all about pruning and caring for your fruit trees. Attending this workshop or another fruit tree pruning class will make your tree(s) a priority on our harvest list.

May – June:
Thinning — Larger healthier fruit comes from coaxing the tree to put more energy into fewer of them – and therefore pulling off good fruit when they are small. Fruit thinning channels more of a tree’s attention to the fruit that remains. Thinning lessens weight on branches and helps manage pests and diseases that prefer fruit bunched close together. Thin the crop when developing fruits are about an inch in diameter. We need volunteers to help thin fruit trees. If you are interested in volunteering, please send us an email.

June – October:
Harvest time!

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Creative Ways to Spend Black Friday

Over the past decade, the day after Thanksgiving has come to be known as Black Friday. Heralded as the beginning of the holiday shopping season, big box retailers across the country open early and stay open late, offering special promotions and discounts to draw in shoppers.

If fighting the crowds isn’t your cup of tea, we’ve got some creative ways to spend your Black Friday. Read more