I couldn’t disagree with the Feb. 5 “Pave Elsewhere” editorial submission more. It suggests that Truckee is a “tough town … a world-class exercise destination.” Huh? We are 15,000+ diverse people (plus thousands of part-time, second homeowners) ” including the hardcore mountain bikers and the agro, powder-hound skiers. But there are also those of us who love a good road bike ride or rollerblade on a smooth, paved pathway ” and we aren’t out to break any sporty world records, we’re just enjoying ourselves and the beautiful environment around us. We’re not sloths or people who aren’t in shape, we just prefer a different, more lighthearted venue to get our hearts pumping.
Many Truckee families like to take their kids out in a jogger. Where can they do that without having to trek to Squaw Valley and jump on their riverside path (which is well-used, well-loved all summer/fall long)?
I’m not looking for concessions and lattes, nor are people supporting the Legacy Trail. We just want a place to walk, run, bike, Rollerblade or skate without the fear of a careless driver running us over, without inhaling exhaust fumes as we pedal along, without being crunched into an almost non-existent “bike lane” a.k.a. shoulder.
You want consideration for the environment? Think of all the residents who may soon bike to town for a simple errand or meal ” fewer cars on the road is always a good thing.
I believe the letter submitted only speaks to a select group of Truckee residents who prefer the gravel to the paved trail. If this is the case, stay on your dirt roads, jump your logs and swivel around the boulders and let the rest of us sail along the Legacy Trail on our way to dinner downtown, to pick up a forgotten item at Safeway or to just break a sweat.
On Jan. 31st, a room-ful of people spent the whole day at a TRPA meeting in Kings Beach to hear the TRPA Shorezone plan and to make comments.
Most there strongly felt the Shorezone Plan is an environmental mistake. This plan puts the cart before the horse. Here is why:
TRPA has a legal responsibility to check a whole spectrum of environmental thresholds every five years to see if they are moving toward reaching 100 feet of clarity and other standards. If these thresholds do not show improvement toward meeting the thresholds as written in the Compact, then TRPA must reduce or eliminate different uses and developments in the basin for the next five years in order to see an improvement toward the Compact thresholds at the next checkpoint.
The last threshold evaluation was 2001. They did not evaluate 2006 as required by law. So they are breaking their contract as board members. Now they are pushing this development plan for the next 22 years without this scientific evaluation. They have clearly put the cart before the horse.
TRPA fines the public who don’t follow their rules. We ask for your ideas on how we can force the TRPA board to follow the rules they are responsible to follow. You owners of the lake have to speak up.
Remember, TRPA must use the appropriate scientists to do these measurements, and not give us some “in house” studies to appease us. They also can’t make promises that their “new development will help to meet the thresholds at some future date” (false promises).
We demand the scientific work that was due in 2006 be done and done before they spend more valuable time on this unusable Shorezone Plan.
Meet the thresholds first.
Please contact all the TRPA Governing Board and demand the evaluation that is overdue.
Zephyr Cove, Nev.