Ty Polastri
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June 18, 2013
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My Echo Story: Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition

Since its beginning in the fall of 2005, the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition, a local nonprofit bicycle advocacy organization, has been diligently and effectively working to improve conditions and facilities for bicyclists around the Lake, and promoting bicycling as a fun, “green” and intimate way to experience our region.

Driven by its mission to Help Tahoe Become More Bicycle-Friendly, LTBC has built productive working relationships with public agencies and Departments of Transportation to help guide the planning and maintenance of bikeways around the Lake. Our relationships extend into the business community with companies like Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar Mountain Resorts, who through the Vail Resorts Echo program gives grants to help underwrite LTBC’s efforts.

Some of our most recent accomplishments include producing and distributing more than 100,000 Lake Tahoe Bikeway Maps free of charge; helping South Lake Tahoe and Eastern Placer County become designated as Bicycle-Friendly Communities; conducting bicycle safety education rodeos for youth; and producing the annual Tahoe Bike Challenge to encourage more people to ride their bikes to improve their health and the health of our environment.

Over the past eight years, The Tahoe Bike Challenge has facilitated more than 2,500 people to ride their bike instead of using the automobile. This equates to preventing more than 20 tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere. This is significant because research indicates that CO2 and other nitrous oxides from gasoline emissions contribute to global warming and algae growth in the Lake.

Currently, the LTBC is working with the City of South Lake Tahoe to implement a pilot project that will install bicycle way finding signs along the bike paths to help residents and visitors make decisions about how best to travel to their destination via bikes. Once the project is in place, both the city and the coalition will conduct rider opinion polls to evaluate the effectiveness of the signs’ messaging and determine if changes are needed before scaling it up throughout the South Tahoe area and possibly around the lake.

The above outcomes are just some of the highlights to be shared. LTBC is interested in building relationships with new members, the business community and other organizations to help Tahoe become more bicycle-friendly and sustainable. Learn more at www.tahoebike.org, through our Facebook page (facebook.com/TahoeBikeCoalition) or through email at BikeTahoe@aol.com.

— Corporate sustainability has always been fundamental for Kirkwood and Heavenly Mountain Resorts and their parent company, Vail Resorts. Through Vail Resorts Echo, our sustainability program, we hope to connect our communities to our efforts - from on the ground conservation programs to grants for local schools. Aimed at both protecting the natural resources that surround the resorts and helping build stronger communities where our employees live and work, Vail Resorts Echo encompasses three core efforts: environmental stewardship, charitable giving and community engagement. Want to learn more about VR Echo? Go to www.vailresortsecho.com.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jun 18, 2013 08:21PM Published Jun 19, 2013 03:59PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.