Whether you like to mountain bike, e-bike, or take a cruiser to the beach, Lake Tahoe is one of the best places to ride in the world. There are 63 miles of paved bike paths in the Tahoe Basin, ranging from trails that climb to the highest ridges, to paths that coast alongside the lake. June is Tahoe Bike Month, and people around the lake are celebrating with friendly biking competitions, bike trail cleanups, and even bike to work days.
The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition, a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting bicycling, bike events, and new bicycle infrastructure, is helping Tahoe become a more bike-friendly community. Together with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and supported by the Tahoe Fund, the Bike Coalition is improving wayfinding and bicycle safety across the region by:
- Creating a comprehensive online and paper bike map to help people find the safest places to ride their bike
- Placing bike safety ambassadors at high-use trail locations to help visitors navigate to their destinations
- Providing bike racks at popular recreation sites and businesses
- Distributing bike safety equipment such as bells and lights for bikers to be more visible to the public
All of these efforts are vital for both residents and visitors to bike safely while also promoting an eco-friendly way to get around the lake. Not only is biking environmentally friendly, but it also creates countless memories with friends, co-workers, and family!
If you’d like to join in the bike festivities in June, check out the Tahoe Bike Month Competition, where riders compete for the most miles and rides. So far, over 12,000 miles have been reached and almost 80,000 vertical feet have been climbed. Bring your friends and family to join in on the fun! Learn more: tahoebike.org.
Lauren Novotney is an intern for the Tahoe Fund