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Bike trail in high gear

Gregory Crofton, Tribune staff writer

Planners want residents to check out three possible paths for what will be a nine-mile bike trail that snakes through neighborhoods and along parks from Meyers to Stateline.

Suggestions and ideas for the project, which could cost $12 million and likely be built in phases over a period of years, were collected at a meeting in September.

As public comment was important at the last workshop, Thursday’s public input will be vital because each trail alternative contains a variety of options that should be publicly examined.

“The bike trail is for them,” said Stephanie Grigsby of Design Workshop Inc., which is facilitating the project. “In order to know how the bike trail can best serve their needs we need to continually get their input so we know where we’re missing the mark and where we’ve hit the mark.”

The bike trail is classified as an Environmental Improvement Program project designed to improve air quality by reducing reliance on automobiles at the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The first trail alternative would be constructed in a way that maximizes use of 248 acres recently acquired by the California Tahoe Conservancy from Caltrans. A freeway was proposed for the land years ago.

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The second alternative would rely on public lands, including those of the U.S. Forest Service, South Lake Tahoe and South Tahoe Public Utility District.

The third trail alternative would create a bike trail on existing roads, Grigsby said.

In general, the bike trail would run from Meyers at the intersection of Highway 50 and Pioneer Trail, follow the highway for a few blocks, traverse east of the Lake Tahoe Airport, then through Sierra tract before it cuts northeast along the ball fields to be constructed next to Lake Tahoe Community College.

The trail would continue up Al Tahoe Boulevard along Bijou Community Park and cross Glenwood Way to Herbert Avenue. It would follow Pioneer Trail to the Rocky Point neighborhood and end at the Van Sickle Bistate Park, which is in the process of being established behind the casinos and Heavenly Village.

Funding for bike trail maintenance will be provided by Measure S funding, which passed in 2000. The project could commence in spring 2005.

– Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at gcrofton@tahoedailytribune.com