It would be great if we could make more pedestrian only areas and further dense up downtown SLT so that for more people everything is walkable. Once you take the loud, dirty, dangerous cars off the road all the sudden the area becomes more enjoyable to spend lots of time in.

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South Lake Tahoe Resident over 1 year ago

I certainly & heartily agree with this, and know a large amount of other quieter people who support this idea! Creating a more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly SLT is the best way to "keep Tahoe blue".

Sean Tevlin about 1 year ago

Harrison Ave, Ski Run Blvd, and the neighborhood behind the current Chateau project / Tahoe Tom's all have the potential to be "downtown" areas. We need the CSLT to invest in sidewalks, street trees, and street lights in these areas and encourage development that allows for bars/restaurants/shops on the ground floors.

Shawn Kernes 10 months ago

A few thoughts:

Having lived in quite a few cities (in a few countries), I already consider SLT to be one of the more bicycle/pedestrian friendly towns of its size (with this climate) i have seen. Of course, it can always get better.

Where i think SLT is subpar is with "pedestrian facilities for individuals with disabilities".

My experience has been that when a town (like SLT in size and climate) add more sidewalks and curbs... The cost of snow removal increases, water runoff patterns change (often for the worse), home/business owner costs increase due to requirements to keep sidewalks clear/tickets/taxes.

The best solution i have seen for a city like SLT is expanding on bike lanes. More bike lanes, wider bike lanes (that have an area designated for pedestrians). The key benefits of this approach are: 1. they can be kept free of snow by the equipment we already have. 2. they are not easily damaged by snow clearing equipment (which often take a toll on curbs). 3. because they can be kept clear of snow by the equipment we already have, there is little/no impact on cost to homeowners/local businesses (other than tax to pay for installation and upkeep). 4. they are more handicapped friendly (wheelchairs and elderly often struggle with curbs). 5. water runoff patterns are less affected.