Who is in charge of allowing hundreds of bicycle riders to clog and disrupt our roadways, creating havoc with the motorists? Not only who, but by what right does this person/persons have to make this decision? Last Sunday, every second there was a near head-on collision between drivers crossing over the double yellow line trying to avoid hitting a cyclist, who should have been on the bike path not the highway endangering motorists on that road. We spent millions of dollars putting in the bike path. The main reason being to keep cyclists safe from being run down by an automobile. Secondly, to keep motorists safe from accidentally colliding with an on-coming car while trying to miss a cyclist.
There should be an ordinance requiring use of the bike path by cyclists. Non-compliance should result in a fine. Thus replenishing the town coffers in a short time. Plus the added benefit to the motorists, who do not have to endanger themselves or others by crossing the double yellow line to avoid hitting a cyclist.
Do we have to wait until there is a multi-death accident, because of this quandary before it is acted on? We can only hope that when this fatal accident occurs, it involves a visitor hitting another car trying to avoid a cyclist. We certainly wouldn't want to be involved in this disaster. It is none of our affair, or so we think, as we have done nothing to rectify this sad, scary, dangerous situation. If we are not responsible, who is?
I am a teacher with the Special Education Department at North Tahoe High School and I would like to echo the sentiments of the students who wrote the letter about saving the auto shop, and those who participated in the open forum at NTHS last Friday.- --
Our school is doing a very good job of preparing students to go on to- colleges or universities. However, everyone needs to realize that not all young people are academicians who want to go on to college. It has also been shown that our high schools need to offer more vocational arts classes, not less. All students would benefit from such a class. We need the auto shop to stay. Knocking it down is a way of telling the students that you don't care about them. It is also an insult to the teacher who has taught the classes and built the program over the past 32 years. And, once it is knocked down, I doubt such a facility will ever be built in the future.-
If it needs renovation, save what is there " building and equipment " and do it when the funds are available. However, if there is an overage in the budget of $2 million, why can't the money be spent on the auto shop?- Work on the auto shop was in the original plans. Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, please focus on the needs of all students.
North Tahoe High School
On May 23, 2006 David Bunker's article ("Stopping off-road offenders" Sierra Sun) outlined the problems the Forest Service is seeing in our wet meadows around Truckee. He did an excellent job of interviewing the District Off-Highway Vehicle Specialist, Susanne Jensen, and in so doing described the problems that we face.
On May 26, 2006 a Sierra Sun reader from Truckee took exception to the article (letter to the editor "99.9 percent responsible") and went on to explain how helpful the responsible off-highway vehicle enthusiasts have been in helping the Forest Service and other land management agencies. Frankly both the article and the letter writer are correct.
We are seeing an increase in areas impacted by people driving in places they shouldn't, often for the thrill a vehicle with that kind of power can elicit. We have also had a great deal of help from the OHV community " financially, physically and by their education efforts. However, every year in the spring we are reminded how much we have to do.
The Forest Service is charged with providing recreation opportunities for a wide variety of users and interests. In California we have so much demand we are having a hard time keeping up with all of it and protecting the resources that we all care about " from being loved to death. We need the help of every citizen who uses the National Forests to protect the places they love, to educate their friends and to help us restore the special places that we all enjoy.
I want to thank the paper for helping us explain the problems we face and the many user groups and individuals who help us with time, energy and effort to manage and maintain our trails. Both are critical to our success.
Truckee District Ranger