Speeding Complaints in Tahoe Donner Addressed

The Truckee Police Department has had a longstanding goal of proactively addressing traffic complaints and promoting safe driving in general. Traffic complaints within neighborhoods, especially speeding vehicles, are one of the most frequently reported complaints we receive.

The Truckee Police Department has a traffic enforcement program that creates Special Enforcement Zones by analyzing data and working with concerned neighbors to efficiently target education and enforcement in locations and times when the increased enforcement will mitigate the speeding as much as possible. Through comprehensive analysis of all the information available, we are quickly able to identify what traffic issue is present, if any, and develop a measured approach that can be collaboratively developed with the community members in any neighborhood.

At times we find that perceptions of a traffic complaint can be just as critical to address as factual data that point to an actual safety issue. This is particularly true with speeding complaints. There are numerous approaches for analyzing and addressing perceived problems but they all are dependent on communication and collaboration. An excellent example is Northwoods Boulevard in Tahoe Donner. The Police Department recently used a discreet radar device to an analyze the speed of vehicles traveling in both directions. The speed data from 15,000 vehicles revealed that 85 percent of the vehicles were traveling at 43 MPH or less in an area where the speed limit is 35 MPH. Ten percent of the speeds captured involved vehicles traveling over 46 MPH. This was cross-referenced with data collected on traffic accidents on Northwoods Blvd. A vast majority of the traffic collisions involved snow conditions and unsafe speeds for the inclement weather with very few reported in non-snow periods of the year. These facts indicate the overall driving habits in Tahoe Donner are not unsafe even though the perception is otherwise by some in the community.

The statistics aside, we still receive genuine perceptions from the community that Tahoe Donner has a traffic safety issue from speeding vehicles. The Truckee Police Department continues to be committed to communicate and collaborate to address those perceptions and concerns. In 2013 there were 93 citations issued on Northwoods Boulevard; 143 issued in 2014, and 134 issued in 2015. We have significantly increased our presence, warnings, and traffic enforcement throughout all areas of Tahoe Donner. In 2013 there were 181 citations issued in Tahoe Donner; 218 issued in 2014, and 263 issued in 2015. In addition to the citations, there were hundreds of enforcement stops conducted to bring further awareness to the issue.

Despite our best effort, the sense of traffic safety in our neighborhoods cannot be achieved until we ALL take responsibility. It is our collective responsibility as a community to slow down. Too often we hear that increased enforcement solves the complaint but the issue slowly returns once the increased police presence returns to normal. The long-term solution is for all of us to “police” ourselves and to drive on every roadway as if it were our street with our families living there. Be a neighborhood “pace car” by obeying traffic laws yourself, and by setting the example that you are committed to safer streets.

If you have a traffic issue in your neighborhood or on your street, please contact the Truckee Police Department at 530-550-2323. The more specific information given in these complaints, the better equipped we are to make a significant impact. Specific vehicle descriptions are helpful as well as times of day the violations occur. While this information is very helpful, your safety is more important. Under almost no circumstances should you follow or confront perceived violators in an effort to obtain information.


September 2, 2016

Child Care Now Offered for Board Meetings

Interested in attending board meetings, but don’t know what to do with the kids? Tahoe Donner now hosts Kids’ Day Out for ages 3–12. During regularly scheduled board meetings, kids can join us while you catch up on association happenings. On the kids’ agenda: games, arts and crafts, and possibly outdoor activities—so be sure to dress accordingly. We will not provide food during this event, so please pack a lunch and/or snacks.

Date and Time: Jan. 28. Board meeting starts at 9 a.m.
Ages: 3-12
Location: Northwoods Clubhouse
Cost: $20 – Call Member Services at 530-587-9400, ext. 0.

Space is limited with a maximum of 15 children. If we have enough interest, we will continue to offer child care for board meetings on a regular basis.

September 1, 2016

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Tahoe Donner Voted Best Golf Course & Cross Country Ski Center

Tahoe Donner is proud to announce it was chosen as Best Golf Course and Best Nordic/Cross Country Ski Center in 2016. The Best of North Tahoe & Truckee contest is hosted annually by the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza newspapers to select and honor top businesses and people that live and operate locally.

Each July, residents and visitors nominate and vote online for their favorites across multiple categories including food and drink, recreation, retail, travel and tourism, arts and culture, professional and other services, and local life. This year there were 112 subcategory winners with a record 54,000 votes recorded.

“We feel it’s one of the most important things a community newspaper can do — highlighting and celebrating the people, businesses, places and things that make Truckee/Tahoe such a great place to live, work and play,” said Kevin MacMillan, managing editor of the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza.

The Tahoe Donner Golf Course is one of the premier public golf courses in the Sierra Nevada and is rated “excellent” by reviewers on TripAdvisor. Located just minutes off Interstate 80 in Truckee, this 18-hole, 7,002-yard par-72 championship golf course sits on 200 acres of pristine Sierra landscape. Golfers enjoy towering pines featuring stunning views and meandering creeks, granite rock formations, elevation changes and greens so consistently pure they have been recognized as the “Best Greens in the Tahoe Region.”

“We are honored to be selected by our local community and visitors as their preferred place to play golf and go cross country skiing,” said Robb Etnyre, Tahoe Donner Association’s general manager. “Our dedicated and professional staff work hard to ensure the best experience for our members and the public.

Voted one of North America’s best cross country ski centers by USA Today’s 10Best.com Readers’ Choice contest earlier this year, Tahoe Donner offers a family-friendly, world-class cross country ski area with over 100 kilometers of trails suitable for all levels of skiers and snowshoers. The recent acquisition of Crabtree Canyon, an alpine valley located northwest of Truckee, will provide 640 additional acres and new trails for skiers this winter. Tahoe Donner’s groomed trail system meanders through beautiful meadows and forests; follows bubbling creeks; and climbs for some stunning views of the Sierra Crest. Tahoe Donner also offers a limited number of trails for fat biking, as well as three kilometers of dog-friendly trails. This winter will be the second season of operation for the new Alder Creek Adventure Center. The state-of-the-art, energy efficient facility offers guests streamlined rental services, larger wax and locker rooms, expanded indoor and outdoor seating and a large Nordic retail store, as well as a pub with televisions and a fireplace. Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is open daily to the public and offers private and group lessons, rentals and signature events throughout the season.

Learn more about Tahoe Donner Golf Course tahoedonner.com/golf and Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center: tahoedonner.com/cross-country.

August 29, 2016

Slow Down and Enjoy Tahoe Donner

By Tim Cross, member and ad hoc neighbor group coordinator for speed reduction in Tahoe Donner

In case you weren’t aware, Tahoe Donner is suffering from an epidemic of speeding drivers. Both local and out of town residents are in too much of a hurry and we need to focus on slowing down on our roadways. We all have busy lives and places we need to get to but it is most important to arrive safely and drive slower for the safety of our neighbors.

According to Director of Risk Management, Annie Rosenfeld, “Many part-time and full-time owners have reported increased speeding incidents in Tahoe Donner. These members are taking a stand and hope through increased communication, fellow members and their guests will slow down and consider the 25 and 35 mph speed zones in Tahoe Donner. Most vehicles these days are automatics and as such, unless there is active downshifting from drive to a lower gear, vehicles quickly accelerate and easily exceed the speed limits.  Additionally, much of Tahoe Donner is hilly, thus creating an active braking situation unless a driver consciously downshifts to aid in reducing speed as it accelerates downhill.”

As a once part-time resident, now full-time, let me put forth scenarios many of us have experienced. It’s Friday night and it is the end of a long work week. The drive up to Truckee has been long and horrendous. If only we could get there quicker. Or, it’s Monday morning and there is a feeling of a need to speed to make it on time.

Sound familiar? No doubt we’ve all been in these situations. Residents and visitors alike need to consider the possible consequences of our driving behavior. In particular, are we conscious of the vehicle speed along with distractions such as the cell phone and GPS unit in the vehicle.

Someone’s beloved dog naively walks out into the street and is struck down and killed. A cat is desperate to make it home across the street and is also killed. A deer innocently steps out onto the road and is mowed down and later has to be put down. Worst case scenarios you say. My friend’s dog was killed a little over a year ago in front of his home. I saw a dead cat lying on the side of the road just a week ago and today I heard word of a beautiful four-point buck with velvet antlers that was struck down. All were killed by people speeding on Northwoods Boulevard and streets like Alder Creek Road, Stockholm, etc.

These are some of the more obvious consequences of driving too fast. Less obvious impacts include noise and possibly ruining your neighbor’s experience who are here to enjoy the serenity of the mountains.

So it is with hope that I ask that all of you slow down. Please be considerate and thoughtful of all of your neighbors wherever you may live. We all want to enjoy everything that Tahoe Donner has to offer and we can accomplish this if we change our mindset about speeding. Please Slow It Down and Relax.

What else can we as a community do to protect the nature of the community, as well as our loved ones? You can communicate to your neighbors that you consider this a serious issue. You can also engage the local law enforcement representatives to ensure appropriate traffic enforcement through frequent conversations and provide direct feedback to them. According to Rosenfeld, “The Truckee Police are very cognizant of the residential street excessive speeds. Last year as requested by Tahoe Donner and various members, the police increased their presence within the community during the busy peak summer season. The same request was made earlier this summer, by Tahoe Donner members in the community and the Truckee Town Council. Three out of the five members of the Truckee Town Council live in Tahoe Donner, thus they often experience this issue as well.” Rosenfeld encourages members to communicate concerns directly to both the police department and town council — your local representatives who have the authority to enforce on the public streets of Tahoe Donner.

This summer is prime with recreating in this fantastic community and region, and we are shortly turning the corner for school to be in session, which means children walking to and from school bus stops. Now is the time to adjust our driving behavior to further resident safety and enjoying this wonderful place. Join me and many other members in the endeavor to slow down.

August 1, 2016

July 23 Board of Directors Meeting

We apologize for the substandard quality of the videos. For future meetings the recordings will have a higher production level.

July 30, 2016

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