This work which we profiled in our 2007 research report (p. 27) as part of a vision allowing biking from Sacramento over the Sierras to Tahoe (the Folsom Lake to Tahoe segment is being worked on by the American River Conservancy) to Pyramid Lake, is moving along quite nicely, as this Associated Press story reports.
TRUCKEE, Calif. – The opening of a new segment of the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway west of Reno means cycling enthusiasts are about two-thirds of the way to completing the dream that began 10 years ago to follow the Truckee River more than 100 miles from Lake Tahoe to its terminus at Pyramid Lake.
Recent construction of a replacement suspension bridge at Fleish Dam just across the Nevada line into California added 3.5 miles to the bike trail and pushed the completion mark to 65 per cent in terms of total combined segments.
Organizers hope that as early as another 10 years from now the riverside trail will stretch the entire 116 miles from the Truckee’s mouth at Tahoe City, down the Truckee Canyon along Interstate 80 through Reno and finally to the high desert lake on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe reservation near Nixon, Nev.
“It always takes longer to build a trail than you think, but we think the progress has been terrific,” said Janet Phillips, president of the non-profit, all-volunteer Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway.
Phillips spent a year investigating route feasibility at ground level before going public with the concept in November 2003.
“At the time it was just a vision, but there was a really strong favourable response from Tahoe to Pyramid Lake,” she said told the Sierra Sun.