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2013 Environmental Excellence Awards

Nonmotorized and Multimodal Transportation

Project Title

Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway

Agencies Awarded

Nevada State Parks

  • Jennifer Scanland

Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway, Inc.

  • Janet Phillips and Board Members

Project Contributors

Nevada Department of Transportation

  • Thor Dyson

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe

  • Tribal Council and Staff

Truckee Meadows Water Authority

  • Board and Staff

Washoe County

  • Jennifer Budge, Rosemarie Entsminger

Though the Truckee River is a scenic and historic corridor, many sections lack access for nonmotorized transportation modes. In lieu of formal access points, bicyclists and pedestrians often travel along the adjacent freeway or railroad tracks. The Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway is a visionary project to build a bicycle and pedestrian trail along the entire 116-mile length of the Truckee River from Lake Tahoe, California, to Pyramid Lake, Nevada. The Bikeway addresses an important transportation need, by providing a safe alternative for nonmotorized road users.

The first segment of the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway connects Verdi, Nevada, to Reno, allowing the residential community in Verdi to reach downtown Reno safely on foot or by bicycle. About 200 bicyclists use this section of the trail daily. A future section of the bikeway, east of Reno, will provide the only off-freeway route to the city for those residents interested in walking or bicycling to this destination. When the Bikeway's long-distance trail along the Truckee River is complete, it will provide new opportunities for pedestrian and bicycle travel across the California-Nevada border. The Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway demonstrates a commitment to supporting nonmotorized and multimodal transportation in the region.

photo of a 2-lane bike path
The first section of the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway, completed in 2005, connects Reno to residential Verdi.
Photo: Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway, Inc.

photo of a bridge over flowing water.
One of Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway's current projects is upgrading an old utility bridge for public use.
Photo: Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway, Inc.

Updated: 7/23/2013
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