Construction and Design


Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway - Nevada

The Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway along the Truckee River

This project creates a bike-ped trail that runs the entire length of the Truckee River.

The Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway is a long-term project to create a 116-mile bike-ped trail along the Truckee River, from Lake Tahoe (California side) to Pyramid Lake, Nevada.

The Truckee River is rich in scenery and history, providing the earliest route for the pioneers to reach California, followed by the Lincoln Highway, America’s first transcontinental highway, and then by the first transcontinental railroad.

The Bikeway varies in character, depending on the surrounding setting, from single track dirt to Class I paved. It is presently 55% complete and virtually all its progress has been thanks to four RTP grants over the past eight years.

The first Bikeway-government partnership was with the City of Reno and Nevada Department of Transportation. Other trail collaborators include the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District, Bureau of Land Management, the State of Nevada, Bureau of Reclamation, The Nature Conservancy, and two counties.

The Truckee River flows through two states, five counties, four cities, lands of three federal agencies, and one Indian Reservation. To bridge all these boundaries, a nonprofit organization was formed to spearhead the trail by working collaboratively with each jurisdiction along the route.

In 2004, $100,000 was used for a one-mile paved link from Reno to Verdi, a popular road bike ride that previously had to be traveled on Interstate 80. In 2006, $82,000 in RTP funding was spent on a 24-mile, mostly dirt trail wholly within the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation. In 2008, $59,000 was used to build a missing one-mile link in a nine-mile dirt trail showcasing four river restoration projects east of Reno.

$200,000 of 2010 RTP funds are currently being used to refurbish a utility-owned suspension bridge over the Truckee River, which will be opened to the public in fall 2012.

Bikeway planners expect to reach 64% completion in 2012 and are counting on the continuation of the Recreational Trails Program to finish this visionary project.

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2021: Vermilion Falls Trail

2021: Climax Tunnel Rehabilitation

2020: Blue Ridge Tunnel Rehabilitation & Trail Project

2020: Milan Trail Huggers Nash Stream Bridge

2019: Weed Patch Mountain Trail

2018: Ouachita National Recreation Trail Shelters - Arkansas and Oklahoma

2017: Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area - Pennsylvania

2016: Kanab Creek OHV Bridge - Utah

2015: Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point Trail Project - Colorado

2015: Joanna Trail Project - Missouri

2014: Abbott Motocross Park - Nebraska

2014: Millersburg Historic Park and Trailhead - Michigan

2013: East and West Twin Creek Bridges - Michigan

2012: Chattahoochee Nature Trails - Florida

2011: Iron Range OHV Recreation Area - Minnesota

2010: Agassiz Recreational Trail - Minnesota

2009: Sam Houston Multiple-Use Trail - Texas

2008: Wanoga Snopark Shelter - Oregon

2007: Potato Knob Trail at Holly River State Park - West Virginia

2006: Indian Canyon Trailhead - California

2006: Upper Waiakea ATV/Dirt Bike Park - Hawaii

2006: County Line Acres Bikeway - Ohio

2005: River Bluff Trail Project - Indiana

2005: Red Creek Bridge - Michigan

2005: MKT Trailhead Project - Missouri

2004: Diana Bend Conservation Area Trail Project - Missouri

2004: Sweetser Switch Trail Project - Indiana

2003: Jane Addams Trail - Illinois

2003: Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Area - West Virginia

2003: Ten Mile Snopark Facilities - Oregon