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Hundreds of bicycle parking racks added around Lake Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition provided this photograph of a bicycle rack at Pope Beach.
The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition provided this photograph of a bicycle rack at Pope Beach.(KOLO)
Published: Sep. 15, 2019 at 12:11 PM PDT
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The Lake Tahoe Basin had 126 new bicycle racks installed this year by the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition, bringing the two-year total to 340 new bike racks.

The Tahoe Fund and Squaw Valley’s $5 Fridays promotion provided the funding.

The effort also produced two public repair stations with a permanent bike stand and tools for common repairs and give public “fix-it” stations.

The goal is to encourage more visitors to bicycle into the Lake Tahoe Basin, which reduces pollution. The coalition said every business that requested a bicycle rack received at least one.

"We have two coworking spaces in North Lake Tahoe—and both are right on the bike path, so promoting bike-to-work commuting for our users makes total sense,” Megan Michelson, cofounder of Tahoe Mill Collective, said in a statement by the coalition. “Once we added the bike racks from the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition and Tahoe Fund, it made encouraging people to ride to work that much easier. They can lock up without dragging valuable bikes inside the office or leaving them outside in precarious places.”

The coalition also upgraded their bike valet equipment, purchased much-needed supplies and provided parking for more than 600 bikes at six events, including Earth Day, Lake Tahoe Summit, and other community and private events.

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