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Nevada County bike plan gets ready to roll

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Transportation officials have released Nevada County’s revised Bicycle Master Plan, including Truckee’s update.

Beginning with public workshops both in Truckee and in Western Nevada County in March, county planners set out to identify potential bicycle routes in the area, keeping Truckee and the rest of Nevada County eligible for state bicycle transportation funds.

“This plan incorporates the town updates,” said Mike Woodman, Nevada County transportation planner. “The town updated plan will continue to be the authoritative document for Truckee.”

While the revisions will maintain the county’s eligibility for Bicycle Transportation Account Funding ($5 million available state-wide), Woodman said the town already qualified by updating its bicycle plan.

Town Manager Tony Lashbrook said revising both the county and town plans would be best for funding.

“It’s important that both plans are consistent with each other; it’s good to have both updated,” Lashbrook said.

Once the new county plan is adopted, Woodman said the transportation commission would encourage bicycle advocacy groups to pick from the projects identified in the plan, and work with their local jurisdictions to implement them.

Paco Lindsay, owner of Paco’s Bike and Ski and local cycling advocate, said his hopes for county involvement would be the creation of a safe cycling passage through the Mousehole underpass on Highway 89 south, as well as widened shoulders for bike lanes on Highway 89 north.

The next cycle of funding requires that applications go to Caltrans by December, Woodman said.

The draft will next go to a public workshop in Grass Valley on Tuesday, Woodman said, and barring any major issues, should come before the Nevada County Transportation Commission soon thereafter.

The draft is available for viewing at: ftp://nevadacounty:report@ftp.altaplanning.com