Kensington Avenue Neighborhood Byway
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What is the Kensington Avenue Neighborhood Byway?
Salt Lake City is making it better for people of all ages and abilities to walk, bicycle, and roll along neighborhood streets by implementing Neighborhood Byways. Neighborhood Byways create pleasant and convenient routes for people using active modes of transportation by encouraging safe travel speeds, discouraging cut-through vehicle traffic, providing safe crossings of busy streets, and connecting people to destinations. Salt Lake City is developing a network of these routes, which can be viewed on the Neighborhood Byways page.
This Byway runs along Kensington Avenue from West Temple to 1600 East. The second phase of the Kensington Byway will continue east from 1600 East through Wasatch Hollow Park up to Foothill Drive. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has plans to install a signalized crosswalk for people walking and biking at the intersection of Foothill Drive and Kensington Avenue. Learn more about the Foothill Drive Safety Project on the UDOT website.
The Kensington Byway will also connect to UDOT’s proposed 700 East shared-use path. This new path will run on the west side of 700 East between Parley’s Trail (the S-Line) and 1300 South. The project is currently in the design phase, with construction anticipated in spring/summer 2024.
|Phase 1 – Conceptual Design and Environmental Study|
|Summer 2022||Project Kickoff|
|Summer to Fall 2022||Gather initial pre-design feedback and study the byway|
|Fall 2022 to Spring 2023||Develop preliminary designs|
|Summer 2023||Announce preliminary designs, gather public feedback, and conduct environmental study|
|Phase 2 – Design and Construction|
|Fall to Winter 2023||Construction design|
|Winter 2023||Announce final designs|
Neighborhood Byways FAQ
What is a Neighborhood Byway?
Neighborhood Byways create pleasant and convenient routes for walking, bicycling, rolling, and other active modes of transportation by encouraging safe travel speeds, discouraging cut-through vehicle traffic, providing safe crossings of busy streets, and connecting people to destinations.
How is a street chosen to be a Neighborhood Byway?
Neighborhood byways are identified in the Salt Lake City Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan and are commonly located along streets with the following characteristics:
- Narrow residential streets with low to modest vehicle traffic speeds and volumes
- Direct connections between parks, schools, businesses, and other community destinations
- Greening along the route such as shade trees
What changes are considered along these routes?
Infrastructure changes along these routes will be analyzed and vetted through a planning and public engagement process. Possible changes may include:
- Curb extensions (also known as bulb-outs) at the corners of the intersections to shorten the distance when crossing the street and help calm vehicle traffic
- Wayfinding signage and pavement markings to guide bicyclists along the byway
- Opportunities for additional greening such as street trees or landscaped medians
- Various traffic calming elements to slow vehicle speeds and discourage cut- through vehicle traffic, such as speed humps, traffic circles, and more
I live on a planned Neighborhood Byway. How will this affect getting to and from my home?
Neighborhood Byways create streets where residents can safely and comfortably bike, walk, and roll with children or pets. To create this safe and comfortable environment, some traffic calming improvements and minor street access modifications may be needed to manage vehicle speeds and prevent cut-through traffic. However, residents will still be able to easily access to their property.
How can I stay informed on the development of these Neighborhood Byways?
Join our Neighborhood Byways newsletter! You can also learn more by exploring the individual Neighborhood Byway pages on this website.
Can I drive my car on Neighborhood Byways?
While vehicles are not prohibited, Neighborhood Byways routes are improved for active modes of transportation such as walking and biking. The focus is on creating a network that enhances the experience for pedestrians and cyclists by ensuring safety and convenience.
Salt Lake City Neighborhood Byways Map
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Project Manager | Will Becker
Email | Will.Becker@slcgov.com
Phone | 801-535-6569
Social Media | @SLCmoves @SLCgov