We don’t have a traffic problem in Tahoe City — we have a pedestrian problem.
It is the height of summer in the Sierra with commuting locals and anxious tourists all competing on the streets of North Lake Tahoe. We expect the usual congestion during the summer months from sightseeing visitors, endurance cyclists and the never ending road work. So now add walkers, runners, campers, rafters and shoppers to the six crosswalks in the quarter mile grid and you’ve got some major traffic jams.
This scenario is even multiplied when the farmers market is in town on Thursdays. Yes, I know we need foot traffic downtown since it is a prime destination for eating, shopping and swimming, but Tahoe City is small enough to easily walk through, so why can’t we have one designated crossing as to keep the traffic flowing and lower the risk of getting run over?
I’ve grown up in this area and have experienced the seasonal congestion for many years with no real solutions at hand. Many people, locals and tourists alike, are frustrated with sitting in their idling cars, wasting time and gas to go through a half mile stretch of pavement. With the Fanny Bridge renovation coming along soon, hopefully the rerouting of the crosswalk below or above will alleviate a little bit of the initial gridlock.
We live in a beautiful spot and to share it with everyone is a gift, but we need to improve on maintaining that gift for the future.