Have you heard about the expansions and improvements underway on Truckee (and Tahoe) trail systems? So much is happening to improve transportation and recreation for visitors and locals in our area. Pioneering a master plan is the “Truckee Trails Foundation,” with a mission to champion a flourishing network of trails and bikeways in the Truckee area. Truckee Trails Foundation’s vision of a system of trails will connect people and places, reduce our community’s dependence on automobiles, and improve our physical, social, and environmental health.
First issued in 2002, the Truckee Trails and Bikeways Master Plan is a comprehensive plan calling for nearly 133 miles of recreational trails and on-street bikeways designed for town-wide connectivity in Truckee. Since 2002, 5 miles of paved trails in Truckee have been built: a portion of the Truckee River Legacy Trail, and paths around Frishman Hollow, SR89/DPR, SR89/I-80, and Pioneer Roundabout. Gray’s Crossing and Old Greenwood added an additional 6 miles of paved trails, and Pioneer Center includes 1.5 miles of trail, all used frequently by locals and visitors alike. The Town of Truckee has also built over 13 miles of Class II bike lanes and identified 32 miles of Class III bike routes.
Significant work on the Master Plan took place over the summer of 2013, with additional construction on the Truckee River Legacy Trail, completion of the Brockway Road Trail, and new bike lanes on Glenshire Drive! Soon Tahoe Donner will see the benefits as The Truckee Trails Foundation is working closely with the Tahoe Donner Association and Town of Truckee to secure alignments and funding for the Tahoe Donner-to-Downtown trail, another critical component of the Truckee Trails and Bikeways Master Plan.
A process to update the Truckee Trails and Bikeways Master Plan will begin this year. They are working with the Town of Truckee, Truckee River Legacy Foundation, and several other organizations to secure appropriate alignments, necessary easements, grant funds, and public financing options to complete the paved trail to Glenshire, and eventually, to Donner Lake. When completed, this trail will represent the backbone of the trails system in Truckee and greatly enhance our ability to get around town by muscle power! On June 3, 2014, Truckee homeowners will have the opportunity to vote on a ¼ cent sales tax that could raise $10M for additional paved and earthen trails over that next 10 years. To learn more you can go to http://www.votefortrails.com/
Truckee’s growing trail systems will attract users from around the world, and promote safe, positive family recreation. An expansive and connected network of trails and bikeways will enable frequent journeys by bicycle and foot, while lessening our community’s carbon footprint and reliance on fossil fuels. In the end, we will also see home ownership more desirable for active, recreation-based families!