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New Tahoe bike path aims to connect to east side

NV Stateline Bike Path Credit Rick Gunn

A ONE MILE SECTION of a new bike path near the South Shore casinos was opened last week. Photo courtesy Rick Gunn

STATELINE, Nev. — A one-mile section of new multi-use path at Stateline, Nev., near the South Shore casinos, was unveiled to the public June 20, marking the beginning of what will eventually become a system of trails that circumnavigates the lake.

As part of America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway project, the new segment of ADA accessible multi-use trail begins below Kahle Park adjacent to Highway 50 and Kingsbury Grade Highway 207 just north of the South Shore casinos, and accesses Nevada Beach and Elks Point Road located two miles east of the casinos.

The next phase, set for construction this summer, will provide an additional connection to Round Hill Pines Beach with Stateline along the south shore of Lake Tahoe.

The South Demonstration Project gives residents and visitors a preview of the benefits of the larger Nevada Stateline-to-Stateline Bikeway and the collective vision of America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway.

“We are all moving in a positive direction to realize this dream,” said Lake Tahoe bicycle trail advocate Curtis Fong whose company, Bike the West, organizes the annual Tour De Tahoe and America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, attracting thousands of riders annually to Lake Tahoe. “If you build it, they will come … I anticipate over the past 22 years the two bike rides have generated a minimum economic impact of $150 million (or $6.8 million annually).”

“We are in a renaissance right now and opportunity is the new way for Tahoe,” said Douglas County Commissioner Nancy McDermid, who also serves as vice chair of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governor Board.

“The Regional Plan (a blueprint for Lake Tahoe’s sustainable future) is a reality – it’s bikeable and walkable,” said Joanne S. Marchetta, executive director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. “The momentum is here and we’re investing in Tahoe’s environment and economic vitality.”

The next phase of the South Demonstration Project, between Elks Point and Round Hill on the Nevada side, is slated to begin late this summer and will allow access to the high value recreation sites of Rabe Meadow and Nevada Beach as well as the communities of Stateline, lower Kingsbury, Elks Point and Round Hill. The project is part of an eventual 30-plus mile segment of the Nevada Stateline to Stateline Bikeway along the east shore.

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