I usually don’t get very excited about about business parks, but I’ve never seen a business park quite like the one that’s going in just west of downtown Ogden on the site of the city’s former Union Stockyards.
I’ve read a little about this particular project which goes by the name Ogden Business Exchange. I’ve even spoken with local economic development officials so I know that the idea is to attract companies in the cycling and outdoor recreation business. Some of these companies might be local while others could come from out of town or even the other side of the Pacific.
That’s all pretty cool. What’s even cooler is the way this park is going to integrate into Ogden’s developing active transportation grid. Located just off the city’s River Parkway (also known as the Centennial Trail), it’s possible to get here from just about anywhere in Ogden or Riverdale via the trail. That makes it safe and easy for cyclists. I ride the River Parkway almost every day and I know that there are already a handful of people commuting into and out of Ogden via this route. The Business Exchange will encourage more to do so.
Once they arrive at the Business Exchange, cyclists can access any of the companies here via a wide bicycle promenade that circles the entire development. In fact, the promenade was one of the first pieces of infrastructure built. I’ve added it to my daily route just because it’s fun to be here and see all of this taking shape.
Over the past two years, I’ve had the pleasure of cycling through a lot of cities and towns from coast to coast…places like Cheyenne, Salt Lake City, Pueblo, Pittsburgh, Omaha, Memphis, Lincoln and Indianapolis.
In many ways, these cities could not be more different. When it comes to cycling, though, they all are of a like mind. The future belongs to the places that make it easy for people to choose to drive a bicycle rather than a car to wherever it is they need to be. Ogden’s Business Exchange is one more example of how this is happening now, right before our eyes.