Rush to Washoe Walk and Bike Ride

$400 Million Dollars have been spent, and soon you will have a nice new bridge to walk or ride your bicycle across. But only for a few hours, so listen up!

Rush to Washoe! Run, Walk, or Bike the New I-580 Freeway. The public is invited to join the Nevada Department of Transportation in celebrating the soon to open I-580 Freeway, Saturday, July 28, 2012. Activities start at 7 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. with the opportunity to bike, walk, or run along the freeway, including the Galena Creek Bridge – the longest concrete cathedral arch bridge in the nation.

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The event will include informational displays at various locations along the freeway describing many design features as well as an opportunity for an up close look at some of the heavy equipment used during construction.

Bicyclists riding from Carson City and the Washoe Valley will have access to the freeway in the area of the new Bowers Mansion Interchange – signs will be posted and volunteers available to assist in directing bicycle traffic entering from the south end of the new freeway. Pedestrians will not be allowed onto the alignment from the south end – pedestrians must access via the Mt. Rose Highway.

Schedule of events:

  • 7:00 AM: Start of bicycle ride from the Mt. Rose Interchange to the Bowers Mansion Interchange (roundtrip)
  • 7:30 AM: 5K/10K “Fun Run”
  • 8:00 AM: Booths open and freeway open to general event traffic
  • 1:00 PM: Vehicle and pedestrian access areas at the north end of the freeway will be closed to incoming traffic.  Event areas close and remaining vehicle traffic will be directed to exit the freeway via the Bowers Mansion Interchange.

The $400 million project involves constructing nine bridges and an eight-and-a-half-mile freeway from the Mount Rose Highway in Reno to the north end of Washoe Valley.

Galena Creek Bridge - Photo from Wikipedia

The freeway will officially open to traffic in late July or early August. I don’t believe bikes will be allowed on this stretch of freeway, but the good news is that when much of the auto traffic is diverted to the new freeway, riding your bike through Pleasant Valley on the old road will be…well, pleasant!

More details (including entering by bike on the Reno side), rules, and safety tips for this event can be found here: http://www.freewayextension.com/I-580_2012JulyEvent_Details.pdf

Ten Percent Challenge

Muscle Powered and Bike Carson are challenging Carson City to reduce motor vehicle traffic by 10% in Carson City on Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 21. Measurements will be taken at some key traffic locations on Bike to Work Day and one week beforehand, so that comparisons may be made.

We’ve come up with ten actions that may help Carson City achieve this goal:

  1. Ride your bike to work
  2. Walk to work
  3. Carpool
  4. Use public transportation
  5. Let your kids walk, bike, skateboard and scooter to school
  6. Exercise at home
  7. Make meals at home
  8. Accumulate errands
  9. Steer clear of big box stores
  10. Turn off your cell phone

A Ten Percent Challenge document provides detail on each of these items, letting you know more about what you can do and why. A Ten Actions for 10% flier is available that you can print for your own use, and post around town in places where people will see it.

We ask for your help in measuring motor vehicle traffic. Please volunteer by contacting Dan Allison, allisondan52@gmail.com. We need to know ahead of time your name and the location you pick. It can be a high or moderate traffic street or intersection. You need not specify the time you’ll be there ahead of time, but the time does need to be the same on May 21 and on May 14. It can be at any time of day, not just commuter hours, since we are trying to reduce overall motor vehicles trips, and only about 1/3 of trips are now related to work. We ask for at least one hour, though if you can do more than an hour, that is great. You’ll report your counts by Monday, May 24, and we will compile them and report back on the results for Carson City.

If you can count two things at once, then you may also count bicycle traffic, but our main focus is motor vehicle traffic. We will start counting bicyclist and pedestrian traffic in the future.