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Creating network of bike trails key to plan

Creating network of bike trails key to plan

Area residents who attended a county bicycle plan workshop this week emphasized the need to build connecting bike paths between the communities, schools and downtown core of Truckee.

Bicyclists and other interested residents met Monday with representatives of the Nevada County Transportation Commission and Alta Planning + Design, the consultant hired to update Nevada County’s Bicycle Master Plan.

In public comments, residents suggested cycling connections and improvements for the eastern portion of the county. The update will incorporate cycling projects throughout the county, and keep Truckee and other county jurisdictions eligible for state funding.

“I would say it was really clear that people who attended thought connecting the different neighborhoods is very important ” connections from those neighborhoods to downtown, schools and shopping,” said Eric Anderson, senior planner for Alta Planning + Design.

Others asked that tourism also be considered in the updated plan.

“(Paco’s Bike and Ski) get tourists almost everyday in the summer asking where to go, and we have to send them to Tahoe City or elsewhere,” said Paco Lindsay, the bike shop’s owner. “We only have about 200 meters of class-one bike trail in the state park.”

Janet Phillips, president of the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway, asked that the route planned to follow the Truckee River 116 miles from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake be included in the Nevada County plan as well.

“We are planning a section from Floriston to Farad this year,” Phillips said. “But Glenshire is going to be very tough.”

Mike Woodman, Nevada County transportation planner, said the update should be complete in June or July, making Truckee and the rest of Nevada County eligible for bicycle transportation funding in fiscal year 2008-09.

The delay in funding doesn’t mean bike projects will have to wait that long, however, since projects using other sources of funding are planned this summer.

Executive Director Leigh Fitzpatrick of the Truckee Trails Foundation said planned projects this summer include lanes along Donner Pass Road at Donner Lake, and bike paths funded by Gray’s Crossing along Highway 89 north.

The Donner Pass Road project will extend the bike lanes along Donner Lake from Moraine Road to South Shore Drive, according to Truckee staff reports.

Fitzpatrick said a bike path from Gray’s Crossing to Rainbow Drive along Highway 89 North, and a connection near Pioneer Trail Road into downtown are planned for this summer as part of the Gray’s Crossing development.

John McLaughlin, Truckee community development director, said the town is also working on a bike path along Brockway Road.


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