A 1.2-mile bike path near Tahoe’s southeast shores — the latest section in a larger project to create a bike route that circumnavigates the lake — will be officially dedicated June 19.
The shared-use path connects Elks Point and Round Hill Pines and provides access to Rabe Meadow with Nevada Beach and Round Hill Pines Resort. It is the second segment of the Stateline-to-Stateline Bikeway, South Shore Demonstration Project.
The first segment was a one-mile stretch of path that was dedicated in June 2013.
“By having these first two phases complete we are closer to reaching our long-term goals of providing alternative transportation choices at Lake Tahoe,” said Carl Hasty, district manager for the Tahoe Transportation District, in a statement. “Our vision has been to build these projects a step at a time, while achieving environmental thresholds for air quality, water quality and recreation.”
The TTD, along with several partner agencies, developed the project in response to demands for pedestrian and recreation trails to connect neighborhoods, employment centers, schools and recreations facilities in the community.
The off-highway paths feature striped bike lanes as well as shared-use roadway signs.
“These benefits provide for a better quality of life and offer safer choices to our community and visitors,” Hasty added.
The path, which is utilized by an average of 350 people daily during the summer months, opened late last year to the public and runs through mostly National Forest System lands.
In 2015, work will begin on the North Demonstration Project to connect Incline Village to Sand Harbor State Park during the first-phase construction.
Eventually the bikeway will span 30 miles and connect Stateline to Crystal Bay. The goal is to create a bike path around the lake as part of the America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway project.
On June 19, several South Shore and agency officials will be “christening” the new 1.2-mile trail in the South Shore. Guests will include Curtis Fong, ride director of Bike of the West; Alfred Knotts, project manager at the Tahoe Transportation District; “B” Gorman, president of TahoeChamber; and Mike Bradford, general manager of Lakeside Inn & Casino.
The dedication will take place at noon.