Public weighs options in plan to create new bike, walk paths in South Lake Tahoe |

Public weighs options in plan to create new bike, walk paths in South Lake Tahoe

Griffin Rogers
Participants at the second South Tahoe Middle School Connectivity Plan workshop learn about the plans alternatives and give suggestions Wednesday.
Griffin Rogers / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A plan to create safer and easier to use walk and bike paths around South Tahoe Middle School received even more feedback from the public Wednesday as planners move closer to their final vision for the area.

Numerous surveys and workshops have now been conducted on the STMS Connectivity Plan, which could lead to the addition of new sidewalks, crosswalks, bike paths and more in sections along Highway 50, Lyons Avenue, Johnson Boulevard, Al Tahoe Boulevard and Rufus Allen Boulevard.

Basically, the plan would address many of the disconnection issues among paths in those areas while providing a safer route for pedestrians and bicyclists.

“In the process of doing this outreach to the community and this investigation and drawing up these various scenarios that we’ve heard from people are important, we’ve uncovered a lot of basic things that most communities have around schools or parts of communities that we don’t have,” said Steve Teshara, principal of Sustainable Community Advocates.

The Lake Tahoe Unified School District, which received an On Our Way grant for the project from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, held the second workshop Wednesday in cooperation with the TRPA, City of South Lake Tahoe and the Lake Tahoe Sustainability Collaborative Community Mobility group.

Participants there were given the opportunity to learn more about the plan and the alternatives being considered, as well as offer any suggestions they might have.

So far, the alternatives include the following. The improvements listed only represent a portion of the possible options:

– For the Lyons Avenue and Highway 50 intersection, possible improvements include school zone signage, school zone yellow striping, adjusting the traffic signal timing, widening the crossing with a flared ramp and creating a second left turn lane on Lyons Avenue that could also turn right.

– For the Al Tahoe Boulevard area, possible improvements include connecting a path from Al Tahoe to Highway 50, raising Highway 50 to create a path under the Trout Creek bridge crossing, enhancing crosswalks and pedestrian activated crossing signal at Bijou Park to complete the connection to an existing path on the college’s side, changing the number of travel lanes on Al Tahoe Boulevard and creating a consistent speed limit.

– For Rufus Allen Boulevard, possible improvements include narrowing the traffic lanes, continuing the sidewalk on the west side of the street to connect better with the rec center and Lyons Avenue and creating additional space for pedestrians and bicyclists.

– For South Tahoe Middle School, possible improvements include adding sidewalk at the Highway 50 entry, simplifying the drop-off circle to minimize conflicts with bicyclists and pedestrians and converting the existing exit to a class I path.

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