LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Have you paid your Iron Girl tax?
On Sunday, Sept. 18, thousands of residents were subjected to a burdensome tax on their fuel, automobiles and personal time.
The Tahoe Daily Tribune advised on Sept. 14 that the Iron Girl Triathlon would occur between 6:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The article advised that “Cars will exit to Park Avenue” and that “U-turns… are permitted.”
The electronic sign on Kingsbury Grade stated “Bike Event Tahoe 8 to 11 am 9-18-11.”
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office advised on Friday that left turns would be allowed.
On Sunday at 7:40 a.m. I attempted to turn left from Elks Point to Highway 50 and was told that left turns were not permitted and that I would have to drive six miles to Cave Rock and back. I spoke to a Nevada Highway Patrol officer and pointed out that there were no bikes in sight, and that he was a trained and capable traffic officer and should be able to direct traffic including left turns.
So thousands of people were required to drive extra miles, burn extra fuel, incur extra wear on their vehicles, waste personal time and create extra emissions.
Now, I am in favor of encouraging events at Tahoe. The business generated is much needed in our community. However, I would make the following recommendations for improvement:
n Get it right. Cars did not exit to Park Avenue, U-turns and left turns were not permitted and traffic controls did not start at 8 a.m.
n Allow officers and volunteers to direct traffic.
n Provide left turn, U-turn points at major intersections.
n Consider other routes for bike races that do not shut down a U.S. highway.
n Consider one curb lane for bike races instead of inhibiting both sides of the highway.