South Lake Tahoe seeking Bicycle Advisory Committee applicants
While recreational path maintenance certainly may not be the flashiest of projects improving the greater South Lake Tahoe region, it is an important one. With roughly $4 million in grant money for future expansion of recreational use pathways approved for the region from the state of California alone, proper planning and maintenance of both existing and future rec paths is key.
As a part of a continued effort to further expand and maintain cycling opportunities along the South Shore, the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Facilities Joint Powers Authority is seeking applicants to join the area’s Bicycle Advisory Committee. The seven-member committee, which meets monthly, currently has three openings. The group, composed primarily of avid bicycle enthusiasts, was created to make recommendations regarding future projects concerning the joint powers authority (JPA).
“It’s extremely important to making us a bicycle-friendly community,” said John Upton, staff to the JPA.
The emphasis on bike path expansion has been described as an important step in continuing promotion of summer tourism, as well as community vitality, according to regional travel agencies like the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.
The JPA manages joint funds allocated by the city, county and Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District.
“We make sure the money is spent in the areas that are most needed,” said Pete Fink, committee vice chair, regarding allocations of joint funds between the City of South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County. “People don’t want their tax dollars wasted.”
The group has been instrumental in pushing for projects like the renovation of the neglected rec path behind the Motel 6 near the Upper Truckee River marshlands and Highway 50, as well as area rec path bridge resurfacing projects.
“They were in really bad shape,” Fink said of some local pathway bridges.
Upton and Fink both said that having the committee in place is key to procuring grants for future projects Like the South Tahoe Greenway Shared Use Trail.
“It really is crucial in giving us a step up in applying for grants,” Fink explained.
Applications for the open committee positions can be obtained by email or from the city office on Airport Road. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22.
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