First segment of Tahoe bike path completed |

First segment of Tahoe bike path completed

Staff Reports
Special to The RC

The first section of the 3.2 mile bike path that will ultimately connect Round Hill Pines Beach with Stateline along Lake Tahoe is complete. To mark the occasion, a dedication ceremony for America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway – South Demonstration Project was Thursday.

Both sections are Americans with Disabilities Act compliant and open to cyclists and pedestrians. The trail begins below Kahle Park, which is adjacent to Highway 50 and Kingsbury Grade just north of the South Shore casinos, and accesses Nevada Beach located two miles east of the casinos.

The project benefits include safer biking and walking opportunities to complement the lifestyle of “America’s Best Lake” (USA Today, Aug. 2012); and positive environmental benefits through improved air quality and lake clarity through reductions in auto emissions and vehicle miles traveled.

Project partners in the bike path are the Tahoe Transportation District, Nevada Division of State Lands, Nevada State Parks, Federal Highway Administration, Nevada Department of Transportation, Herback General Engineering, Lumos Engineering, Matzoll Development Consultants, United States Forest Service, Douglas County, Washoe County, Carson City, Washoe Tribe, South Shore Transportation Management Association, and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

The next phase of the South Demonstration Project, between Stateline and Round Hill on the Nevada side, is slated to begin late this summer and will continue the path beyond Nevada Beach. The route is part of an eventual 30-mile Nevada Stateline to Stateline Bikeway, which is part of an overall goal to connect bikeway segments creating a unified network encompassing Lake Tahoe’s magnificent 72-mile shoreline.