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Public input sought on bicycle master plan

Nevada County is looking for input from bicyclists on improving bikeways and paths in and around Truckee.

Incorporating Truckee’s Trails and Bikeways Master Plan, the Nevada County Bicycle Master Plan Update will be used to identify potential bicycle routes in the area, and to keep both Truckee and Nevada County eligible for state bicycle transportation funds. The Nevada County Transportation Commission is seeking public input on the update through public workshops and an online survey.

“I think the county-wide plan effort is a great project ” I’m excited about it,” said Mike Woodman, Nevada County transportation planner.

Alta Planning + Design, the consultant hired by Nevada County for the update, will be presenting information on the county’s previous bicycle plan in a public workshop on Monday, and will be looking for public input on specific trails and bikeways in need of improvement, Woodman said.

They will then analyze the suggested needs against safety, cost, and feasibility, among other variables, he said.

“We are asking the public and bicycle advocacy groups to provide suggestions on specific bikeway facilities,” Woodman said.

Paco Lindsay, owner of Paco’s Bike and Ski, said he is looking forward to revisiting the previous county plan, an effort in which he took part, and combining those ideas with ideas from the town’s plan.

“I’m optimistic we can really start getting stuff done in the next few years,” Lindsay said.

The county’s plan will work from Truckee’s 2002 plan, Woodman said, and will also fulfill the obligatory five-year update to keep Truckee in the running for state funds.

Total available bicycle transportation funding for the 2007-08 fiscal year is $5 million, and any one jurisdiction can apply for up to $1.25 million of that, Woodman said.

Although Grass Valley, Nevada City, and Truckee will all be part of the county-wide plan update, each can apply separately for the state funding without precluding either of the other two, Woodman said.

Truckee Town Manager Tony Lashbrook said the town’s number-one priority for bicycle transportation is the Truckee River Legacy Trail. If the funds are available, he said, Truckee will apply for them, and the Legacy Trail will likely be the town’s focus.

“My hope is that this county -wide plan will get all the bicycle advocacy groups to work with their local jurisdictions to prioritize projects and actually submit for and receive funding on a yearly basis, so they get more bicycle facilities on the ground,” Woodman said.

Truckee will be able to use the mapping and information gathered in the update for town bicycle plans as well, Woodman said.

After the public workshops in Truckee and Grass Valley, a draft of the plan will be prepared sometime between May and July, and will be adopted by the Nevada County Transportation Commission in June or July if all goes according to plan, Woodman said.

According to their Web site, Alta Planning + Design specializes in bicycle, pedestrian, and trail planning, design, and implementation. They have worked with, among others:

Tahoe Conservancy

Town of Truckee

City of Davis

City of San Francisco

City of Portland, Ore.

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