Share Tahoe’s paved trails

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Share Tahoe’s paved trails
When I want to take a break during my workday and go on a walk in the wintertime, I head to one of the many paved walking paths in the region. Many are plowed for walkers and bikers to use year-round. Some sections are heavily used in the winter, while in other sections, I may not see anyone on my walks.

That all changes with the return of warmer spring days. Now, if I take a walk on one of the paved paths, it’s a circus of activity – parents walking small kids, visitors strolling along the lake and rivers enjoying the scenery, a parade of dogs on and off leash (dogs must be on leash in all counties around the lake), anglers, skateboarders, one-wheelers and every type of cyclist. Most users are courteous to each other, but unfortunately, some people are downright clueless.

I’ve seen people with strollers suddenly walk across both sides of the trail taking out cyclists. I know of at least 3 cyclists who have suffered broken bones due to accidents caused by clueless pedestrians.

I’ve seen cyclists (almost all kids) going way too fast on the trails weaving in and out of pedestrians. Stop it!

I had a visitor nearly take out my sister and me in late May as she filmed her lakeside walk (on the wrong side of the trail). She was looking down at her camera the entire time and only veered at the last moment on a busy section of trail full of pedestrians, strollers, dogs and cyclists.

And I’ve seen rafters haul out of the Truckee River and drop all their gear into the middle of the trail.

Tim Hauserman tackles this important issue – which has become a major safety concern in the community – in his article “Tim’s Tips: Safely using Tahoe’s paved trails” in this edition. June is Bike Month in Tahoe, and I urge everyone to take a few minutes to read his article, follow local rules for using the trails, stay on the right side (yes, there are two sides) and leash your dogs.

Free concert series kick off
Tahoe is a musically rich and diverse region, and spring marks the return of the region’s free outdoor concerts. Locals and visitors can enjoy free outdoor concerts six nights a week from the shores of Lake Tahoe to the banks of the Truckee River, to local parks and mountain valleys. Thanks to our copy editor Katrina Veit for putting together this year’s summer concerts roundup with 14 weeks of free music to enjoy.

Wildfire Preparedness Guide available
We’ve been distributing copies of the 4th annual Tahoe Wildfire Preparedness Guide, funded by a grant from the TOT-TBID Dollars at Work program. The guide is primarily available in eastern Placer County (the service area for the grant program). We also have copies available at all the visitor centers in the region for anyone to pick up. If you need multiple copies for your organization, business, HOA or other group, email me at publisher@yourtahoeguide.com.

The guide is also available for free download at YourTahoeGuide.com/fire. Please share this important resource with your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors.