Mobile Tour Description
Explore Salt Lake City while peddling on one of Salt Lake City’s popular GREENbikes! Learn about the innovative approaches the City has taken to implement active transportation infrastructure in an urban environment. You will be joined by city and transportation agency staff who will explain the projects you will experience first-hand. Come learn about best practices for your own community. Comfortable and breathable clothing is recommended. Please bring a helmet if you would like to wear one.
Blake Perez, Special Projects Analyst, Salt Lake City Division of Transportation
Blake Perez currently works for Salt Lake City’s Transportation Division. In his role as Special Projects Analyst, he is charged with the task of looking at transportation planning through a more equitable lens. One of the programs that Blake coordinates is the Hive Pass Program, a discount transit pass for Salt Lake City residents. Previous to his position with Salt Lake City, Blake worked for a non-profit leading program aimed to help low income families build financial stability. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in International Studies. Blake currently serves as chair for the Rose Park Community Council and was recently elected to serve on the Board at the University of Utah’s Bennion Center.
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 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.
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.
Dan Bergenthal, Engineer VII, Salt Lake City Division of Transportation
Dan Bergenthal, P.E., is a Transportation Engineer for Salt Lake City Corp and currently serves as the division’s Safety Program Manager. Over the years he has helped pioneer a variety of unique projects to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety such as adding pedestrian flags to crosswalks and green shared lanes on downtown streets. As a result of much of his work, Salt Lake City was recognized as a bronze (2007) and then as a silver level Bicycle Friendly Community (2010) by the League of American Bicyclists. He enjoys the challenge of improving safety for all modes of travel and promoting active transportation. In addition to bicycling and running, Dan enjoys camping and hiking with his wife and two sons.
Ben Bolte, Founder and Director, GREENbike
Ben is responsible for all policy decisions, growth strategies, fundraising, financial management, branding, contracts, board/sponsor relations & setting system objectives. As Director, Ben coordinates the procurement, manufacturing and implementation processes with GREENbike’s vendors, strategic partners and local businesses.
Jacob Splan, Engineering and Construction Planner, Utah Transit Authority
Jacob has been working in the transit industry for the past four years at Utah Transit Authority. Working in the Capital Development department with projects include assisting in the opening of new LRT lines, historic mitigation, active transportation projects and design and construction of passenger enhancements. Jacob has a Masters of Urban Planning and Development from the University of Utah. His hobbies include skiing, rafting, mountain biking, eating delicious food after adventures, playing hockey, good urban planning.
Joe Taylor, Graphics and GIS Specialist, Utah Transit Authority
Joe has worked with Envision Utah, the City of West Jordan, and is currently at the Utah Transit Authority. He holds a Masters in City and Metropolitan Planning from the University of Utah. Motivated by cost and convenience, Joe has been using his bike as transportation for the better part of two decades.