Trails and bikeways plan draft released to public
After over two years in the making, a draft copy of the Truckee Trails & Bikeways Master Plan has been released for public review.The plan, prescribed by Truckee’s General Plan, seeks to establish a network of over 120 miles of street bikeways and recreational trail corridors that provide access to all parts of the community and the surrounding area.The plan identifies the general vicinities of trails and bikeways, but not the specific location.”It uses a methodology called corridor planning. It hasn’t looked at every segment of the trail and all of the issues of each segment. It basically says ‘This is the area we want the trail to go in,'” associate planner Gavin Ball said. “It’s an educated guess.”Subsequent alignment planning will decide “where we actually put the trail,” Ball said.But uncertainty over the exact location of future trails has a local property rights advocate concerned.”We are not opposing the plan, we even recognize the benefits. We just want to make sure property owners are aware of all the potential impacts a trail may have on their property,” said Pat Davison, field director of the California Association of Business, Property and Resource Owners.In an effort to notify all property owners within town limits, Ball said the town has sent a newsletter containing information about the plan to some 18,000 addresses both inside and outside of the area, at a cost of $3,000.Davison said she was also concerned that the town was reserving the right to condemn land if it needed the parcel to complete the network of trails.”That is not what this plan is about. We don’t intend to use condemnation,” Ball said. “The plan is not a town of Truckee plan. It is a community plan.”More than 40 members of the public have worked on the plan for over two years, Ball added.One of the 40 was Paco Lindsay, owner of Paco’s Truckee Bike & Ski.Lindsay said his focus was the portion of the plan that deals with on-street bikeways, which he said, Truckee is in dire need of.”Take Glenshire Drive, it’s a dangerous situation. I’m kind of a road warrior, but Glenshire Drive still scares me,” Lindsay said.Lindsay said feedback he gets in his store only reinforces his belief the town needs more trails and bike lanes.”Some of the second homeowners and tourists are most appalled that we don’t have more trails. A lot of the Bay Area is doing a better job with bike lanes than we are,” Lindsay said. “Even Sacramento has the American River bike path.”Ball said the planning department hopes to have a final draft ready for Town Council to consider by March.Copies of the plan are available at Town Hall on Airport Road. For more information call 582-7820.
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