Bicycle advocates say now is the time to plan for bike lanes on Highway 50 |

Bicycle advocates say now is the time to plan for bike lanes on Highway 50

Attention all Tahoe cycle enthusiasts. Your attendance is requested today to speak and show your support for Class II Bike Lanes on Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe.

The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bijou Community School, 3501 Spruce Ave., South Lake Tahoe.

Class II Bike lanes are striped and signed lanes on roads. Plans will be discussed to reduce a portion of Highways 50 and 89 with bike lanes along a water quality improvement route.

The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition position points are the following:

1. Bicycles are an increasingly important mode of transportation in America and Lake Tahoe.

2. Bicycle use is an increasingly important activity to offset the public health crises caused from a sedentary lifestyle.

3. Highway 50 is the main transportation corridor and most efficient route for crossing the city limits, providing access to schools, parks, businesses and recreational assets.

4. Safe bicycle lanes must be a part of Highway 50 for the future sustainability of our tourist economy and the transportation needs of our community.

5. Now is the time, during this planned project, to provide Class II bike lanes through the city. Not to do it during this project would be a significant loss to our community, detrimental to its future, and would take decades before another opportunity like this presents itself.

6. The public, during the P-7 placed-based workshops, repeatedly declared that transportation is one of the top three needs to transform our communities to be more connected and people centric.

7. Recently, Caltrans director Bill Kempton, during a bicycle advocacy meeting at the State Capital, stated the shift of the department’s focus to the Complete Streets Initiative. And initiative in the state assembly and a national initiative to transform our communities to be more efficient, safer, and healthier at moving people. Communities must plan for and integrate a comprehensive solution for bicyclists, pedestrians, seniors, disable and children to move with transportation options that also include public transport.

8. The Governor has also directed attention to the obesity epidemic in our country, the need for Safe Routes To Schools, and the Complete Streets initiative to transform how we move people in our communities and help them be safe and healthy.

9. Therefore, the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition strongly insists that Caltrans fulfills its promise for Class II Bike Lanes on Highway 50 and thereby supporting the declared needs of this community’s social, economic and environmental health and future.

Please show up and speak about the future you want for our community and how Bike Lanes are an important and immediate way to begin that future — the impact of which will be felt for decades.

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