Seven RTC bike lane projects are under way or will be completed in a few years. They include bike lanes and a shared path for north Vista Boulevard in Sparks; bike lanes on Mayberry Drive; lanes on Arlington, Mill and California streets; and lanes done earlier on Wells Avenue.
Randy Collins, a regional bike/pedestrian advisory board member and owner of College Cyclery, credits Reno Councilmen Dave Aiazzi and Dan Gustin for moving the ball.
Without the support of the cities, “projects would just sit dead at City Hall. There has been exponentially more movement in the last two years than in the 20 years before,” Collins said.
Addison Wihite, an English teacher and committee member, said he feels safe in commuting to Billinghurst Middle School and logged more than 1,000 miles in the past school year.
“I think Reno is a pretty good biking town. There are a lot of good connecting streets,” he said, but added that “you have to know the city” to find them.
He said streets with new bike lanes called “complete streets” represents a huge stride.
“The ‘complete street’ mentality is all about quality of life in neighborhoods,” Wihite said. “Instead of promoting everybody to get in cars and whizz down the streets, it’s making people feel comfortable walking and cycling and feeling safe.”