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Give Back Tahoe: Truckee Trails Foundation connecting a safer community

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TTF board member Marina Marenco helping out on the Sawtooth Trail.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — In 2002, trails, bike paths, and bike lanes were hard to find in Truckee. But that year, the Truckee Trails Foundation sprang out of the Town of Truckee's new Trails and Bikeways Master Plan, which called for the creation of a non-profit entity to facilitate trails development.

The end goal? A safer community connected by non-motorized trails and bikeways.

Amazing things happen in Truckee when strategic alliances, community support, and steadfast advocacy are in play.

Working closely with the town, developers, HOAs, and other local trails advocates, TTF has spent 14 years helping create what we now proudly call a world-class trails town — 19 miles of bike paths and 38 miles of designated bike lanes.

And, with our work passing Measure R in 2014, the additional $1,000,000 in annual funding the Town of Truckee receives for trails and trail maintenance means things will only get better.

But, TTF isn't stopping there, because regional connections on dirt trails — to Lake Tahoe, Sierra Buttes, and the foothills — seem like pretty good ideas, too.

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Working closely with the United States Forest Service, TTF is actively seeking new sustainable trail opportunities connecting Truckee with Lake Tahoe.

And, working with Bicyclists of Nevada County and Nevada County Supervisor Richard Anderson, we are underway with plans for the "Pines to Mines" trail connecting Truckee with Nevada City.

Opportunities for trail connectivity to the north are on the horizon as well. Finally, what good are new trails when we don't take care of the ones we have?

TTF has that covered too. With our seasonal trail crew and community volunteer days, we tackle over 150 miles of dirt trail maintenance every season.

TTF's vision for a safer, healthier community connected by trails has become a reality, and getting even better every day.

E-mail truckeetrailsfoundation@gmail.com to get involved!