9-mile bike path plans in high gear: Meyers-Stateline link proposed | TahoeDailyTribune.com

9-mile bike path plans in high gear: Meyers-Stateline link proposed

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The California Tahoe Conservancy wants to make the South Shore become an even smaller world and perhaps a safer one.

The state agency is hosting a public workshop Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. to gain input on a proposed 9.2-mile paved bicycle trail that links Stateline to Meyers.

“This provides the backbone of a non-motorized system for South Lake Tahoe,” said Bob Kingman, who’s spearheading the project for the CTC.

Kingman is a cyclist who has long advocated a network for two-wheeled travelers.

The route starts at the proposed Van Sickle CA/NV Bistate Park at Stateline, meanders through the Al Tahoe-area ball fields, nearby schools and assorted neighborhoods as it leads south to Meyers. The path brushes by Lakeview Heights, Bijou, Pioneer Village, Sierra Tract, Golden Bear housing division and Tahoe Paradise.

The CTC owns most of the property that would be covered by the trail. Caltrans transferred ownership to its sister agency in 1999 in exchange for coverage credits over the next 25 years.

A half century ago, Caltrans once had planned to build a Highway 50 bypass along the route, which extended from Pioneer Trail and 50 to the California-Nevada state line. That project was ditched in 1994.

The U.S. Forest Service and the Ledbetters also own property along the route.

Success of the estimated $12 million project will require negotiating with the landlords, with the first phase to be started in 2005.

Kingman hopes residents will speak their minds about where they’d like to access the bike trail. The path would span 8 feet and accommodates foot, skate and bike traffic.

The Design Workshop will help facilitate the meeting at the South Lake Tahoe City Council Chambers.

“It’s not just a question of what’s going to be there but who’s going to manage it and how it’s going to work,” Design Workshop project manager Stephanie Grigsby said.

Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at swood@tahoedailytribune.com

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