What is the Legacy Trails Project?
Save Red Rock’s advocacy of safety began in 2005, in response to a tragic and highly public accident involving Don Albietz, a husband and father, Metro Police Officer, little league coach, community leader and experienced Ironman cyclist. The community response to this accident sparked an emergency grass roots effort to address safety and sustainability for local and visiting outdoor enthusiasts.
Over the years, Save Red Rock has been successful in improving safety for cyclists and drivers through state and federal legislation and facility improvements, such as lowering the speed limit, stopping urban development, diverting semi truck traffic and adding an 8 foot bike lane to the SR 159 Scenic Byway.
In response to the public outcry for safety, SRR hosted a Nevada Department of Transportation public series of Red Rock Safety Charettes. The number one public safety alternative that came out of that series was a separated, multi-use bike path for families and active trail users. Save Red Rock formed a committee called the Red Rock Legacy Trails Partnership to provide public/private support and advance the community vision to increase safety, reduce traffic and connect Las Vegas communities and visitors to the Canyon in a safe, organized and sustainable manner.
Don Albietz’ legacy inspired a movement that is ongoing to this day, and that we are closer than ever to fulfilling.