Salt Lake County seeking members to fill group focused on canyon safety

Posted at 5:35 PM, May 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-23 19:35:32-04

EMIGRATION CANYON, Utah -- Salt Lake County is looking for members of the community interested in making Emigration Canyon a safer place to recreate.

Emigration Canyon is probably the most popular canyon for cyclists in the state of Utah; it may also be one of the most dangerous.

“The challenge is it’s a narrow canyon, and we have to be able to share the road for all users of the road,” said Patrick Leary, township executive for Salt Lake County.

Leary has spent years trying to make the canyon a safer place for all who use it. Earlier this spring, the Salt Lake County Council passed a resolution asking that a citizen group be formed to enhance the canyon's safety.

“Seeking all interested parties, not only people interested in biking, but people who live here in the community, people who recreate here, families or people who simply use the canyon,” Leary said.

The Emigration Canyon Roadway Safety Working Group will consist of an array of citizens with various interests and inputs; they will brainstorm and make suggestions to county officials for the canyon.

“We’re looking for a broad array of interests, so we don’t want people who are biased one way or the other,” Leary said. “So people who are passionate and committed to helping us solve some of the problems we find in this canyon.”

The county expects a report back to them by October, so those applying should be ready to get right to work on making positive changes in the canyon.

Applications for the group are due Wednesday, June 4. You can apply by clicking here.