Two more vids up of time travel along the Tahoe Pyramid Raceway. I have learned a lot about the community and its problems with regards to homelessness and drug use since my last post. Here are some interesting reads regarding these complex issues:
Since the police have come under attack for clearing out a homeless mans belongings under one of the bridges along the Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway this past April, they have taken a hands off approach to policing the bike path for the first part of this summer. That is all about to change now. Couple that with the fact that we have the highest crime rate in the nation, the location of the Northern Nevada Hopes near the bike path and the fact that the Washoe County Sheriffs Department no longer has funding for their clean up crew along the Truckee River and you have the perfect recipe for all the lawlessness I have observed while pedaling along the Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway. When I first returned home after my failed Strange Loop attempt I was dismayed and shocked at what I was seeing and what seemed to be tolerated along the river here in my current hometown. I have reached out to Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and have received many opportunities to get involved with the clean up along the bike path. I will keep you all posted on how that goes.
I am fixing to go out on a ride later this afternoon and am interested to see if the clean up resulted in a removal/ eviction of many of the permanent residents I have been noticing this summer. I did notice on my last ride last week that the Reno Police where actively out along the bike path on motorcycles patrolling and evicting people from these permanent homeless camps along the river. I would also like to add that I completely disagree with the lawsuit brought against the Washoe County Sheriffs Department for cleaning up a homeless camp right on the Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway. The trash, needles, broken glass and dangerous dogs associated with these camps is unacceptable. I am over 6ft tall and I feel unsafe every time I pedal the bike path. Washoe County currently spends 1.2 million dollars annually on several homeless shelters here in Reno. My impression of the homeless along the bike path is that they are homeless by choice. I would make the case that based on my observations along the bike path they are out there so that they may do drugs. I don't believe a lawsuit against the Washoe County Sheriffs Department is productive for the bike path and is counter productive to insure citizens safety along its route.