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Nevada Begins Bike Trail to Connect Around Lake Tahoe



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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, December 13, 2012

The first mile of bike trail on the Nevada-side of the lake stretches from Stateline on the south shore north toward Nevada beach.  Carl Hasty with the Tahoe Transportation District says a recent $12,000 check from the non-profit Tahoe fund will go toward completing another mile next summer.

HASTY: "A mile of bike trail can run anywhere from $2 to 3 million to build the kind of bike trail that I'm talking about. And that's from scratch, it's not striping the side of the road or something like that."

Hasty estimates it will take another ten years to complete a bike trail around the lake. He says there's a lot of local and visitor support for such a trail that would connect to existing trails on the California side.

HASTY: "Recreation is Tahoe's future, gaming is not the big business that it was. And people are extremely interested in bicycling these days, we're seeing a lot more of it on the road.  We're seeing a lot more demand for being able to get around the lake without being in their car."

Hasty says some stretches of the trail might be plowed in the winter for year-round cycling.  Other sections could be left unplowed and would be great for cross-country skiing.

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