2012 RTP Achievement Awards

Award-Winning Trail and Greenway Projects


Winners have been announced for the 2012 "Annual Achievement Awards" in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The awards ceremony hosted by the Coalition for Recreational Trails was held in Washington, D.C. on June 5, 2012 at U.S. House of Representatives offices.

The awards are part of annual efforts by national trails and outdoor recreation organizations to promote the importance of RTP funding to States across America.

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Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway (Nevada)

Construction and Design – Long Distance

photo of trail along river

The Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway along the Truckee River



The Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway is a long-term project to create a 116-mile bike-ped trail along the entire length of 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.

photo of paved trail along freeway



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 travelled 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.

Two hundred thousand dollars 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.

For more information:

Janet Phillips, Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway, 4790 Caughlin Parkway #138, Reno, NV 89519. Phone: 775-825-9868.

Read more about the project in "Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway crosses Pyramid Indian Reservation land"


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