Motorists Alerted to Increased Bicycle Traffic on Sunday During Annual Tahoe Ride
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Motorists Alerted to Increased Bicycle Traffic on Sunday During Annual Tahoe Ride
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is advising motorists that thousands of bicyclists will be sharing the highways all around Lake Tahoe during Sunday's annual "America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride."
Northbound traffic on Highway 89 in Emerald Bay from Spring Creek Road to Vikingsholm Vista Point will be held to through traffic from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. during the event. The southbound lane will remain open.
There are no other planned highway closures for the ride, but motorists should be prepared to share the road with bicyclists on U.S. Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe, Highway 89 along the West Shore and up to Truckee and back (for 100-mile riders) and Highway 28 from Tahoe City around to the East Shore on the Nevada side, where riders will connect back with Highway 50 and ride back down to the South Shore.
Riders will start and finish at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Highway 50 in Stateline, Nevada starting at 6 a.m., with the final riders expected to finish around 5:30 p.m. Event organizer Curtis Fong said he expects more than 3,000 riders for the 24th annual event.
Bicyclists will be instructed to travel in single file and motorists are reminded to obey the 3-foot buffer law when passing riders. Highway message signs will be activated alerting motorists to the increased bicycle traffic on the highways, and the California Highway Patrol will provide traffic control during the event.
In addition to the ride, June 1-14 is the Tahoe Bike Challenge, where residents are encouraged to leave their vehicles at home and ride their bikes to work, to school or for fun. For more information, visit
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