BY ALLISON PEDLEY
For years, community-wide surveys have shown that an inter-connected system of trails and bikeways for recreation, exercise, and safely getting children to school is among our community’s highest priorities. This June, voters finally have the chance — an historical opportunity — to bring about the system of trails we’ve been waiting for.
In 2002, the Town of Truckee adopted the Trails and Bikeways Master Plan, but the funds to fully realize the 200-plus miles of dirt and paved trails are nearly exhausted. Measure R is needed to fulfill the plan’s vision of connecting all parts of Truckee to each other, and with our open space.
Imagine trails connecting our entire community, allowing safe access to neighborhoods and downtown on foot or by bike. Imagine everyone suddenly less reliant on automobiles because we can get almost anywhere we want to go in town, safely, without them. Imagine trails that are maintained for winter use, thereby accessible all year long. Imagine more and more children opting for the healthier option of walking to school because they have safe trails that will take them there.
Measure R will help the Town of Truckee, Truckee Trails Foundation, and other community partners to continue work that’s been completed over the past decade — creating a network of paved and dirt trails that connect our neighborhoods, provide safe routes to schools, and offer recreational opportunities away from the dangers of roadways. Among the highest priorities will be continued construction of the Truckee River Legacy Trail, slated to run from Glenshire to Donner Lake. Other important dirt and paved trails will be developed within the community and connect to regional trail networks beyond our town’s border.
For this amazing opportunity, Measure R asks for a quarter-cent sales tax — only $0.25 for every $100 spent (most groceries are exempt). By raising trail funds in this manner, we ensure that locals, visitors, and second homeowners contribute to construction and maintenance of these trails we all use.
Importantly, every penny from Measure R will stay in Truckee, and funds cannot be taken by the state or used for other purposes. Strict accountability is required, including a citizen’s oversight committee and annual reports to ensure funds are spent as promised.
By voting yes on R, we will expand Truckee’s network of trails, and make our incredible town even more vibrant, safe, healthy, and livable.
Join local leaders and community members: Vote yes on R!
~ Allison Pedley is executive director of the Truckee Trails Foundation, and mother of two active trail users.