Thursday, December 23, 2010

A new job

It's official. I passed my drug screen and my ten year background check, and I am pleased to announce that I am now Salt Lake City's Bicycle Network Sign Coordinator. What does one do as a BNSC (a new acronym I invented not five seconds ago)?

In short, it is figuring out where bicycle network signs in Salt Lake City should go, similar to the attached / below photo.

Here's the job description:


Salt Lake City Transportation Division - Bicycle/Pedestrian Program

Salt Lake City has an extensive bicycle network comprising 168 lane miles of on-road bicycle facilities and nearly 25 miles of separated paths. In Summer 2011, Salt Lake City will embark on a project to sign these routes with bicycle way finding signs, as are used throughout Europe as well as in some other locations in the United States. The signs will identify key destinations, and assist people traveling by bicycle in finding bicycle-friendly routes.

The Bicycle Network Sign Coordinator will work with the City's Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator to develop the specific text, size, and placement of these signs, and assist in coordinating with the City Streets Division on the implementation of this project. The sign plan will be developed in the City's Geographic Information System (GIS) using ArcMap software. The Bicycle Network Sign Coordinator will also be responsible for field-checking bicycling conditions existing on the streets and possibly identifying specific locations (exact post or placement of new post) for each sign.

This internship would provide excellent experience for someone in an urban planning, geography, or environmental studies program. Those with a career interest or background in other disciplines are welcome to apply. In the end, you will have coordinated the development of this on-the-ground project -- a specific accomplishment to list on your resume.


Excellent computer skills including email, Internet, word processing (MS Word) and spreadsheet (MS Excel) on Windows-platform computer. Experience with GIS software is not required, but is preferred. If not already experienced with GIS software, it will be needed to have the ability to learn new computer software quickly.

Strong sense of geography and map reading ability.

Writing skills, including spelling and grammar.

Attention to detail, including sign text details.

Graphic design sensibility appropriate to simple, clear, directional road signs.

Experience in bicycling on Salt Lake City streets; willingness to ride a bicycle in city traffic.

Knowledge of destinations in Salt Lake City is preferred.

Pleasant and confident office manner.

Well if that's not me, then I don't know what is. So I was officially given the job today and I begin on January 12th. I'd appreciate feedback and suggestions about what our city needs in order to have a successful bicycle network. Feel free to comment or to email me or even talk to me in person.

I am so happy. And did I mention it counts as a 4 credit class too for this semester? Wooooo!

Here are some more pictures from other cities around the nation and in the international sphere too:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


So, I always have great stories that pop into my mind that I'm going to write in my journal about biking or about the day, especially while I am riding my bike. I can't rightly stop on the side of the road and whip out my pen and pad and write all these ideas down. I think I am going to post most of that crap about bikes and revelations about life here. I wrote nearly every day in my journal while on my mission, and since I've been back, I have not written a single day! Maybe this blog will give me some incentive to write a bike more, and maybe I can even transpose what I write here to my journal. So, look out for a lot of blabber about bicycles in the future.

I will leave you with this...

I got famous at 6:25.