Summit to focus on health, transportation and land use
The Move Utah Summit is the only event of its kind in Utah. How our communities grow directly affects our health and well-being. Each year, hundreds of subject-matter experts, including planners, engineers, and community leaders from across the state come together to discuss best practices for improving decision-making related to health, transportation and land use.
The 2022 Move Utah Summit builds on previous successful summits to provide expert panelists, virtual breakout sessions, a compelling keynote speaker and in-person mobile tours. This year’s event will center around Utah’s Transportation Vision. The Vision articulates a Quality-of-Life Framework intended to guide policy decisions and state investments in transportation. The Summit offers sessions specifically tailored to the topics aligned with the following four pillars of the Quality of Life Framework:
- Good Health
- Strong Economy
- Connected Communities
- Better Mobility
The Move Utah Summit 2022 keynote and breakout sessions will be held virtually from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 and Thursday, March 17, 2022. In-person mobile tours will be held on March 16 and March 17 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monique G. López is a social justice planner and founder of Pueblo Planning, an anti-racist values-driven participatory planning and design firm that intentionally engages and includes communities that are often left out of the planning process and those most vulnerable to the impacts of planning decisions. This includes Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ, unhoused, and other communities that experience marginalization. Monique utilizes storytelling and participatory art-making to engage communities in the planning process in order to dismantle unjust systems and co-develop equitable communities.
Jeff Speck is a city planner and author who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As the director of design at the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. Mr. Speck spent 10 years as director of town planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Mr. Speck is the co-author of Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls “the urbanist’s bible.” His more recent book Walkable City was the bestselling city-planning title of the past decade.
This year’s mobile tours include engaging walking and biking opportunities that highlight the disparities some Utah communities face and how public transportation can be used to get around the valley.
Zip Code: A Stronger Determinant of Utahns’ Health than Genetic Code
We’ve all heard the claim that one’s zip code is a stronger determinant of health than one’s genetic code but have you ever wondered if that’s happening in your own backyard? Join our team of public health, transit and active transportation experts as we lead a walking tour through South Salt Lake and Salt Lake cities.
The tour will start at Harmony Park and end at Sugarhouse Park. Learn about food deserts and the disparate access to parks and recreational amenities between higher and lower income neighborhoods.
Free UTA transit passes will be provided upon request. Bottled water, healthy snacks and a Move Utah-branded bag will also be available to all attendees. The wearing of comfortable attire is encouraged. The tour is free and open to the public but advanced registration is required.
Join us for a biking tour of the I-15 Technology Corridor. This $450 million freeway project was originally designed to improve traffic flow and upgrade essential roadway infrastructure. However, Utah’s transportation agencies wanted to ensure that biking and walking infrastructure was also integrated into the project design.
Their efforts led to critical changes in the region that have helped to promote Utahns quality of life through better mobility, a more connected community, active transportation opportunities that promote good health and trail amenities that support businesses in attracting a highly qualified workforce.
Tour attendees will need to bring their own bike and helmet. Free UTA transit passes will be provided upon request. Attendees are encouraged to ride their bike to the tour. Bottled water, healthy snacks and a Move Utah-branded bag will also be available to all attendees. The tour is free and open to the public but advanced registration is required.
For more information, visit: https://move.utah.gov/move-utah-summit-2022/