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Let the games begin: Agency challenges others in bike-to-work week

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Michele Chouinard has been riding her bike from her North Upper Truckee Road home to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency on Kingsbury Grade where she works.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has challenged several institutions in Tahoe to see who can log the most miles on their bikes during bike-to-work week.

In a friendly competition that includes the California Tahoe Conservancy, City of South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County and Lahontan Water Board, employees will take to the road today through Friday to see who can accumulate the most miles.

“We are taking it pretty seriously,” said Alfred Knotts with the El Dorado County department of transportation’s engineering division. “We have a lot of bike trails that we are either building or are in the planning phases, and we’d like to show that we practice what we preach.”

The 12-member office will have 80 percent of its staff on their bikes for the week, he said.

Lauri Kemper, division director for Lahontan, decided she’s riding to work every day from the North Upper Truckee area, and has challenged a co-worker who lives in the neighborhood to do the same.

“It increases everyone’s awareness, it’s encouraging and supporting,” Kemper said. “It’s not every week I can ride my bike every day, but it’s the fact that it gets you in the habit.”

TRPA spokeswoman Angela Moniot said for every mile a person rides a bike, they keep 3.6 pounds of pollutants out of the air.

“This competition ties directly to the TRPA’s mission to reduce pollution at Lake Tahoe,” she said in a statement. She’s been riding up and down Kingsbury every day this month.

TRPA is also seeking sponsorship for each mile logged. The money will go toward an environmental scholarship fund that has supported six scholarships over the past two years for graduating seniors pursuing careers in the environmental field.

Also participating are Gary Davis Group, Incline Village General Improvement District, North Tahoe Public Utility District, South Lake Tahoe Public Utility District, South Tahoe Refuse, and the U.S. Forest Service in Tahoe.

Other agencies interested in participating in the Lake Lapper Challenge can contact Karen Fink at (775) 588-4547, ext. 204.

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