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Bike symposium coming up

Mary Thompson

Building a bicycle trail, especially in the Lake Tahoe Basin, can be more difficult than it seems – special environmental considerations and safety and property issues need to be addressed, according to Bob Kingman, of the California Tahoe Conservancy.

To look deeper into those issues, Kingman has organized the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Trail Symposium, scheduled for Oct. 20 and 21.

“The symposium will focus mostly on paved bicycle and multi-user trails,” he said. “The topics we will discuss are trail building issues.”



Kingman said the subject of trail building is relevant to Tahoe residents as more bike trails are built in the area. The latest, Linear Park along U.S. Highway 50 near Ski Run Boulevard, posed particular challenges in planning.

“That was one of the most difficult trails to plan and build due to property issues,” he said. “We also have plans to build a trail from the linear park to Stateline and that will be even more difficult. There’s a plethora of issues that need to be considered there.”



Kingman said among those issues are private and commercial property concerns, land classification and coverage issues.

Other trails Kingman said are on deck for the South Lake Tahoe area include a multi-use trail extending from Meyers to Stateline through a freeway right-away easement that Caltrans had their sights set on in the early 1970s and a continuation of the existing bike trail along State Route 89 to Eloise Avenue.

According to Kingman, bike trails are important to bicycle commuters, recreation cyclists, sightseeing cyclists and those who use bike trails to get to other recreational opportunities such as beaches and dirt trails. He also said the trails are important to the environment.

“It’s cleaner, safer and more healthy for the environment and for riders to use bike trails,” he said. “And it actually may get to the point where it’s faster than driving a car because of all the traffic, especially in the summer months.”

Topics to be discussed at the symposium include building safe trails, trail maintenance, financing bicycle trail infrastructure, the benefits trails bring to the community and to the environment and solutions for traffic congestion.

The symposium, hosted by the Tahoe Coalition of Recreation Providers, will be held Oct. 20 at the North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach, Calif., and at the Valhalla Boathouse Theater at Camp Richardson on Oct. 21. Both agendas run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with an hour break for lunch. The cost of attending the symposium is $25 for both days and includes a free shuttle, a lunch and a continental breakfast for each day.

Deadline for reservations is Oct. 15. Call Kingman at (530) 542-5580, ext. 129 for more details.

“It’s important that we have community input in this process and attending the symposium will allow people to meet the planners of the bike trails,” he said.

BREAK OUT!

What: Lake Tahoe Bicycle Trail Symposium

When: Oct. 20 at North Tahoe Conference Center, Oct. 21 Valhalla Boathouse Theater

Cost: $25

Registration: (530) 542-5580, ext. 129


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