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Valley trail builder singled out at state bicycle summit

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Carson Valley Trails Association member Jeremy Vlcan was recognized as one of two bicycle trail activists of the year at the 14th annual Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Summit in Lake Tahoe.

The awards singled out individuals, agencies and groups for improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities, safety and advocacy.

"Bicycling and walking offer many benefits," Nevada Department of Transportation Assistant Chief of Multi-Modal Planning and Program Development Bill Story said. "While not only improving our health, bicycling and walking connects our communities, reduces congestion and provides for cleaner air by reducing vehicle emissions. Whether government agencies or individuals, these award recipients have contributed to greater mobility choices and increased quality of life by promoting and integrating safe walking and bicycling into our communities."

With proven environmental, economic and health benefits, the public demand for bicycling and walking opportunities is growing. Bicycling and pedestrian planning across the state have shown a surge in public interest in bicycling and walking, with more than half of vehicle users surveyed saying they would drive less if other forms of commuting were available.

The Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board was created by the Nevada Legislature to advise state agencies on policies, programs and facilities, as well as promote programs and facilities for the safe use of bicycles and pedestrians in the state. The board consists of 14 members appointed by the Governor. More information is available at (775) 888-7433 or by clicking on the Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board link at http://www.bicyclenevada.com.