Pedestrian & Bicycle Reports
Following completion and adoption of the 2013 Nevada County Bicycle Master Plan, the Town of Truckee began updating their own Bicycle Master Plan. The Nevada County Bicycle Master Plan was completed with the recognition that the plan would be updated and amended after completion of the Town of Truckee Trails and Bikeways Master Plan to insure proper coordination between the two plans. The Town of Truckee’s plan is now complete and the Nevada County Transportation Commission (NCTC) has updated the Nevada County Bicycle Master Plan to include information from the Town of Truckee’s plan and comments received during public outreach in eastern Nevada County.
The plan was presented for review and comment to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors at their meeting in Truckee on October 25, 2016 and the Truckee Town Council on December 13, 2016. Comments received on the draft amendment were incorporated in the final report, which was presented to the NCTC for adoption at their January 18, 2017 meeting.
The Nevada County Transportation Commission (NCTC) worked with consultant Fehr and Peers to complete an update to the 2007 Nevada County Bicycle Master Plan (BMP). This planning effort incorporated and expanded on existing bicycle planning efforts in Nevada County and sought input from local jurisdictions, citizens, and local bicycle advocacy groups. The update makes all of the jurisdictions in the county eligible to annually submit bicycle projects identified in the BMP for grant funding through the State Bicycle Transportation Account. The project also assists the local jurisdictions in coordinating land use and transportation decisions. The focus of the plan is to develop bicycle transportation facilities and not recreational facilities.
The update of the BMP was guided by a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) consisting of representatives from NCTC, Nevada County, City of Grass Valley, Nevada City, Town of Truckee, and Sierra Express Bicycle Club. A project kick-off meeting with the consultant and PAC was held on December 5, 2012. Staff from Fehr and Peers and NCTC conducted a public workshop in Nevada City at City Hall on February 28, 2013. Approximately thirty people attended the workshop and provided input on desired bicycle improvements in areas of western Nevada County. The Grass Valley workshop was held on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 and was attended by approximately twenty individuals. The Town of Truckee submitted information to the consultant from their existing Truckee Bike Plan for inclusion in the county's BMP update. The Town will be updating their region's bike plan as a separate project in the near future.
Based on the input received from individuals, local community groups, and jurisdiction staff, the consultant evaluated the feasibility of suggested revisions to the existing BMP, and identified new projects to be considered for inclusion in the draft update of the plan. This evaluation took into consideration factors such as safety, availability of right-of-way, connectivity, barriers, multi-modal linkages, and other applicable criteria. The draft BMP was presented at the May 15, 2013 NCTC meeting held in Truckee. The final draft was presented and adopted by NCTC on July 17, 2013 in the Grass Valley Council Chambers.
Pedestrian Improvement Plan for Nevada County -- The Nevada County Transportation Commission (NCTC) was awarded a Community-Based Transportation Planning Grant in the amount of $65,000 to develop a comprehensive countywide Pedestrian Improvement Plan. The objective of this planning effort was to develop a plan to assist the jurisdictions in implementing efficient transportation infrastructure investments that improve accessibility, reflect community values, foster livable communities, and promote walking as an alternative mode of transportation.
Comments on the Draft Nevada County Pedestrian Improvement Plan were collected by the Nevada County Transportation Commission through December 29, 2010. Comments received were incorporated into the final plan by the consultant, and the final plan was presented and accepted by the Commission at their March 16th meeting. The final plan and appendices are available below.
- Final Nevada County Pedestrian Improvement Plan - March 2011
- Appendices for Final Nevada County Pedestrian Improvement Plan - March 2011
- Amendment to the Nevada County Pedestrian Improvement Plan - Adopted May 16, 2012
- To include the Nevada City Highway Connector Path to Lower Grass Valley Road
- Amendment to the Nevada County Pedestrian Improvement Plan - Adopted July 16, 2014
- To include the Nevada City Highway sidewalk between Banner Lava Cap Road and Skewes Lane
A hard copy of the Nevada County Pedestrian Improvement Plan is available for viewing at the Nevada County Transportation Commission office located at 101 Providence Mine Road, Suite 102, Nevada City, CA. Please call the office in advance (530) 265-3202 to set up a time to view the report.