City Council candidates to discuss cycling issues Saturday at community forum |

City Council candidates to discuss cycling issues Saturday at community forum

Tahoe Daily Tribune

The six candidates for South Lake Tahoe City Council are expected to appear at the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 1.

The forum will be from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Duke Theater at Lake Tahoe Community College.

During the event, the candidates will share their views about cycling’s role in the community to an audience that cares about candidates’ commitment and plans for cycling at the South Shore.

Cycling issues in South Lake Tahoe encompass a variety of challenges, from lack of bicycle lanes and connectivity on the main thoroughfare, Highway 50, to a lack of funding for adequate maintenance of critical paths, lanes and routes.

Ty Polastri, president of the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition, will moderate the one-hour forum.

He will ask the candidates two questions, and then audience members will be able to ask a specific question directed to any one candidate of their choosing.

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The six council candidates are: incumbent Councilman Ted Long, Austin Sass, Jonnie Crawford, Bruce Grego, Warren Kessler and Hal Cole. Voters will choose two of the six candidates in the Nov. 4 election.

After the forum, at 8 p.m. the Bicycle Film Festival will continue with a presentation of the film “American Flyers,” starring two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Costner. This film follows a story of two brothers struggling to win the Hell of the West, a world-class cycling competition, and regain the respect and affection they once shared.

This is the third and final presentation of the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Film Festival produced by the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition – a regional bicycle advocacy organization with the mission of promoting safe and enjoyable bicycling for transportation and recreation in the Lake Tahoe region.

To learn more about the bike coalition, visit

For more information, contact Polastri at (775) 586-9566 or