116-mile Tahoe-area bike trail wins award

08/18/2014 5:17 PM

10/07/2014 8:58 PM

A Reno-based group helping to build a 116-mile bike trail in Nevada and California will be honored todaywith a federal Green Transportation Award.

Decades in the making by numerous jurisdictions, the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway runs along the Truckee River from where the river exits Lake Tahoe, through Truckee and Reno and on to it where it enters Pyramid Lake. The trail, portions of which were built in the 1980s, is about two-thirds complete.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency will host a ceremony today in South Lake Tahoe to present the award to the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway group, a volunteer organization that has been soliciting funds to add sections to the trail. Trail construction is a collaborative effort of cities in the region, as well as counties, both states, and federal agencies.

Some portions of the bikeway run on city streets, but most sections provide cyclists and pedestrians with a designated path near the Truckee River, away from car traffic.

Craig Wesner, a member of the bikeway group advisory board, calls the effort a “legacy project.”

“This is one of the most beautiful corridors” in the region, he said. “We want to make it accessible to cyclists and foot traffic so they can enjoy the beauty the Truckee River has to offer.”

The group website is www.tpbikeway.org

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