You may have heard, and heard right, that the Truckee River bike trail has been flooded and portions of it have been completely under water this spring. The Federal water managers that are in charge of Lake Tahoe's water level have had all of the gates at the outlet dam open for more than a month now, to help reduce the overflow of snowmelt into the lake, and move the water to the reservoirs further downstream. For a few weeks now, the bike trail has been clear and open with a couple of deep puddles, but we have confirmation from the Tahoe City Public Utilities District that the flow from the outlet dam is reduced, and the trail will be completely dry and usable this weekend. The weather looks great, sunny and warm for a perfect summer kickoff, and we hope to see you here at Factory Bike!
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The California Cycleway did once run for 9 miles across Los Angeles, but the city of Davis, CA deserves the credit for creating a more politically supported and sustainable bike trail. They created a model there that's been reproduced all over the United States in the years that have followed, and Davis remains today as one of the country's leaders in effective bicycle transportation and culture. Read the city's own report on the history, design, and actions that got them there.
The folks at the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway organization are getting closer to their final goal, a connected bike path that goes the complete length of the Truckee River. Like everyone else in the area, the trail has suffered just a few minor setbacks from the winter storms and flooding, but they're getting it cleaned up and looking forward to a big summer of trail use! They've accomplished so much already, and are now pushing forward on completion of the the final, and possibly most difficult section of trail, the four miles between Floriston and Truckee. Read their latest update in the Reno Gazette Journal, check out their website to see more ways to support the cause, and of course, get out there and enjoy the trail!
Carl Decker is a professional mountain bike racer, Giant sponsored team rider, and longtime friend of Factory Bike. He's had the good fortune not only to have a long and successful career in mountain biking, but also to live in this awesome house outside of Bend, OR! Enjoy his sweet digs and casual sense of humor in this special production of "MTB Cribs" on Pinkbike!