The feasibility study for the Nevada Stateline to Stateline Bikeway, completed in 2011, identified and analyzed alternative alignments for the entire 30 miles between the state line at the south shore (South Lake Tahoe) and the state line at the north shore (Crystal Bay). Initial concepts call for a combination of separated bicycle/pedestrian paths, striped on-road lanes and signed shared-use roadways. The South Demonstration Project is the first portion to be constructed and will provide a three-mile long dedicated multi-use trail between the south shore’s Stateline casino core and Round Hill Pines Resort.
Phases 1B and 1C, consisting of 2.3 miles of paved path between Kahle Drive and Round Hill Pines Beach and Hwy 50, were constructed in 2012 and 2013. These phases include a 210 foot long boardwalk over Burke Creek, expanded trailhead parking, and a restroom at Kahle Drive. Phase 1D will be constructed in 2014, and Phase 1A will be constructed when funds become available.
The project provides a safe non-motorized connection between south shore residential and commercial centers and recreation areas and beaches, which will encourage the shift in travel demand by commuters, residents and visitors and promote a healthier lifestyle. Fewer vehicle trips will reduce environmental impact, improve air quality by decreasing emissions, and improve lake clarity by reducing particulate run-off which supports the protection, restoration and sustainability of the natural resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The path provides an outstanding recreation experience with visitor amenities, vista points, interpretive signage, and improved ADA access and connectivity to Lake Tahoe.
The project was a collaborative effort between multiple agencies and entities, including Douglas County, TRPA, the Tahoe Transportation District, the US Forest Service, Nevada DOT, and several interest groups.