Alfred Knotts

At Kirkwood Mountain Resort, his previous home mountain about 35 minutes from South Lake Tahoe, CA, taken on a trip back after moving to Park City.

Alfred Knotts
Transportation Planning Manager
Park City, Utah

Challenge

Progressive on transportation issues, Park City didn’t want more roads or cars  but knew it needed to meet growing needs of both residents and tourists for active modes of mass transit at 7200 feet.

Solution

Summit County and Park City released an RFP for a “power-assisted bicycle” system. A Canadian urban mobility company was chosen (Bewegen Technologies), and since a July 19 rollout (at which local council members demonstrated how easy the bikes were to use), over 8,000 trips of 27,000 miles have been taken by locals and visitors.

The company reports ridership rates on par with their projects in Montreal and Paris. Alfred says navigating the hilly areas of Park City is now much more enticing, and that local employees increasingly use the bikes knowing they won’t sweat too much from their ride to the office or while completing midday errands.

Today nine bike stations are open in the county, offering 88 conveyances. The stations are found at the public library, in the historic district, and at Prospector Square and Kimball Junction where many businesses are located (including SkullyCandy, Backcountry.com, Rossignol Skis, POC Ski Helmets, and AVTEC avalanche technology). Six to eight more stations are scheduled to open next summer. The city also hopes to open stations at major lodging properties.

Bicycles rent for $2 the first 45 minutes, and $2 each additional half hour, $18 for a weekly pass, $30 for a monthly pass, and $90 annually. A free app is offered that allows users to pay for bikes without signing up for anything.

Alfred says most users are not transit-dependent, but are making a conscious choice to support environmental and active living initiatives. Officially, he says, this is the only US city with a full fleet of electric pedal assistance bicycles. Not only are fewer cars being used, but residents and visitors are more mindful of other transit options, Alfred says, including recently implemented express routes with 10 minute headways on new fully electric Proterra transit buses.

Alfred’s Background

Born and raised in Indianapolis, and moved out west at 18 to study environmental sciences at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Transferred to Montana State University and got bachelor’s in environmental science. Worked at Lake Tahoe for 17 years as transportation program manager with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, which is also the federally designated Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization (for El Dorado and Placer counties in California and Douglas, Carson City, and Washoe counties in Nevada). The mandate of both is to protect and restore Lake Tahoe’s unique natural and human environment while balancing regional growth and recreational access to federal lands. Alfred relocated to Park City 2.5 years ago, and in his job now also works on regional planning with adjacent communities like Wasatch and Salt Lake Counties.

Startling Fact

“After two weeks on the job, my presence was requested at a low key meeting with Robert Redford to discuss ideas on how to make Sundance Film Festival transportation more environmentally friendly. It was pretty surreal, and as he spoke I felt like I was listening to the narration in “A River Runs Through It.”

Connect with Alfred!

Alfred.Knotts@ParkCity.Org

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