As a concerned citizen and outdoor enthusiast, I would like to express my concern about existing conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians in the construction areas between Carson City and Douglas County. I am the current Chair of the Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, but am writing this letter as a private citizen. There are many bicyclists and pedestrians that use the Highway 395 corridor to commute back and forth from Douglas County and Carson City-both north and southbound. The commutes have been noted as especially hazardous in the construction areas-particularly from the Jacks Valley area north to Carson City. The construction areas have a number of hazards, obstructions, and potential pitfalls for all that use the travel method of bicycling and walking. For example, there is minimal clearance for vehicles with little or no room for bicyclists and pedestrians. Traffic is a hazard for not only bicyclists and pedestrians, but also other vehicles. I would encourage everyone to be courteous and considerate while proceeding through these areas. I would also encourage drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians to get updates on where these construction areas are and be aware of ‘changing conditions’. As necessary construction proceeds, it would be imperative to add reasonable accommodations for the numerous bicyclists and pedestrians. Douglas County and Carson City are bicycle and pedestrian friendly, and routes can be designed to accomplish the road upgrades and work, without unduly routing bicyclists and pedestrians out of the normal travel venues. Please be aware, courteous, and careful. Watch the other traffic, ramp areas, and traffic crossings. State has done a great job and road work needs to be done-that is a fact of life. However, they cannot do it alone and it takes all of us to make a safe commute for everyone.
Dennis W. Stark