This plenary session will feature representatives from the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), the Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG), the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), Salt Lake City Transportation, and Bike Utah. This discussion panel gathers viewpoints from state government, MPO's, local government, and an advocacy organization to discuss the importance of collaboration in planning and implementing active transportation infrastructure. Panelists will discuss challenges, lessons learned, and strategies moving forward, as well as the multi-faceted approach that can be taken toward planning for active transportation.
Phil Sarnoff, Executive Director, Bike Utah
Ever since he went on a 10-mile ride when he was in the 1st grade, Phil has loved bicycles and has always encouraged more people to get out and ride. As Executive Director, Phil handles everything Bike Utah, including membership, legislative work, fundraising, coordinating with partner organizations, and planning the Utah Bike Summit. Phil’s work experience includes Program Manager for GREENbike (Salt Lake City’s bike share program), SmartTrips Coordinator for Salt Lake City’s Division of Sustainability, Environmental Education Teacher for the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan, and Coordinator for the Outdoor Recreation Program at North Dakota State University. He has a Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Utah. Outside of work, Phil rides for the SaltCycle-Intelitechs Bike Racing Team, coordinates SLC Bike Party, and spends the rest of his time on skis.
Jennifer McGrath, Active Transportation Planner, Utah Transit Authority
Jennifer McGrath is currently the Active Transportation Planner for the Utah Transit Authority. Formerly a UTA Transit Planning Project Manager, she now has direct responsibility of UTA’s ongoing Active Transportation planning efforts. Ms. McGrath has a robust real estate background having previously been a Property Administrator, Right-Of-Way Agent, and Property Acquisition/Sales Agent. Jennifer earned her Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development, Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning and Bachelor’s degrees in Urban Planning and Political Science from the University of Utah. She currently sits on the WTS Northern Utah Chapter and Salt Lake City Community Development and Capital Improvement Project Advisory Boards.
Heidi Goedhart, Active Transportation Manager, Utah Department of Transportation
Heidi Goedhart is employed by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) in Salt Lake City, where she is the Active Transportation Manager. In this role, she works closely with MPO’s, UTA, UDOT Regions and local governments to advance coordination and planning efforts for bikes and pedestrians. She also helps manage existing programs, projects and studies that help to advance safety and promote integrated transportation in the State of Utah. Heidi just completed a master’s degree in City and Metropolitan Planning with an emphasis on Smart Growth and Transportation. Previously, she worked as the Bicycle Coordinator for the University of Utah. Three years ago Heidi turned in her car keys and became a full-time bicycle commuter which has opened her eyes to the benefits and challenges active transportation users face. She aspires to help design and cultivate transportation options that support resilient urban environments that focus on health, activity and wellness.
Colin Quinn-Hurst, Transportation Planner I, Salt Lake City Division of Transportation
Colin currently plans bicycle and trail projects for the Salt Lake City Transportation Division. He graduated from the Master of City and Metropolitan Planning program at the University of Utah in 2011. Colin previously worked for Commute Options for Central Oregon, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon promoting walking, biking and public transit.
Jim Price, Bicycle/Pedestrian Program Manager, Mountainland Association of Governments
Jim Price, AICP, PTP is the Bicycle / Pedestrian Program Manager at Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG) in Orem. He earned a BS in Psychology and Masters of Public Administration at Brigham Young, and has been with MAG since 1999. His favorite thing about his job is, "taking trail projects from a blurry idea to three inches of asphalt." Jim is a voracious reader of history, science, and 'why buildings fall down and planes crash.' He lives in Lehi with his wife Kris and son Matthew.
Scott Hess, Active Transportation Planner, Wasatch Front Regional Council
Scott Hess is the Active Transportation Planner for Wasatch Front Regional Council. His role is to provide a focus to Active Transportation within the 2019-2050 Regional Transportation Plan and Regional Vision. He brings nearly ten years of experience in various Planning roles. Most recently he worked as the Planning Department Manager for Clearfield City with prior work as Davis County Planner focused on regional trail and bicycle infrastructure implementation. He holds a B.S. in Urban Planning and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Utah