What!? No Bikey.

I just noticed this tidbit of information;

Sioux Falls is going to close down the bike trail at the 41st area to the Great Plains Zoo area until 2010 with no alternate routes. This is not acceptable. We still have to chance to voice our opinions and concerns. The Snakebite will be speaking. I hope you all can dress in cycling garb and attend the meeting.

Please attend the meeting this Wednesday, 5-6:30 at the Oyate Community Center, 2421 W. 15th Street – next to Garfield Elementary.

Please attend the meeting if you can. I agree this is unacceptable. As you may or may not know, that stretch of the bike trail is the only route through that part of town bicyclists can use safely. Kiwanis avenue is two hilly.


#1 Ghost of Dude on 03.24.09 at 6:41 am

What a load of crap. Do they realize people use the trail for more than just recreation?
I got some weird looks and stupid comments for riding my bike at my last job. Apparently, you’re just not supposed to do that or something.
I think it made the middle-aged fat women feel bad.

#2 l3wis on 03.24.09 at 6:59 am

We have at least 3 of us that do at my job, one guy, all year long. I started last week, but this week has gotten off poorly.

#3 Costner on 03.24.09 at 7:43 am

Is Kiwanis avenue really “two” hilly? I was thinking it was three or four hilly?


#4 l3wis on 03.24.09 at 7:46 am

More like Hill-billy or Hillarious or Hillnormous.

#5 Warren Phear on 03.24.09 at 8:12 am

Why are they closing it?

#6 l3wis on 03.24.09 at 8:36 am

I think so they can work on the levees so real people don’t die.

#7 Ghost of Dude on 03.24.09 at 9:15 am

When they close roads, they put up detour signs and try and give people alternate routes. Really, it’s the least they could do for cyclists.

#8 l3wis on 03.24.09 at 11:17 am

That’s the problem with that stretch, you really can’t detour to the other side because there is an outcropping runoff creek before you get to the golf course – not sure what they will be able to do. But if you think the bicyclists are frustrated, how would you like to be a member at the HO. Nothing like big old dirt haulers blowing dust all over half the course, and depending on the wind, both sides. I remember last summer when they were working on the stretch by my work. There was constantly dirt and dust blowing everywhere. Good time to cancel the club membership and golf at Elmwood.

#9 Snakebite on 03.25.09 at 8:15 am

It is my understanding both sides of the river will be worked on. This makes re-routing to the other side impossible. I also know of bikers who do use this route as a way to get to and from work. The weekend warrior rec riders will ride somewhere else – no big issue there, however, bicycle commuters are effectively screwed by this two year project.

#10 l3wis on 03.25.09 at 8:48 am

Yeah, you can’t really go down Louise, because it goes nowhere. It looks like Kiwanis is your only option. You could of course put pontoons and paddles on your bike and when you get to the area, jump in the river.

Isn’t it funny we are building levees for a river that is about 14 inches deep most of the time?

#11 l3wis on 03.25.09 at 8:49 am

. . . but the Hell with bicylists, real people die in floods!!!!!

#12 Costner on 03.25.09 at 1:00 pm

especially floods that you can see coming for days and days and where the average home would be inundated with around 10 inches of water.

Let’s all be real – the only reason people are whining is because they don’t want to spend money on flood insurance. So we spend millions of tax dollars making the levees even uglier than they already are so Joe Homeowner can save a few hundred bucks a year.

#13 l3wis on 03.25.09 at 1:26 pm

That’s just it, the majority of properties in the affected area are retail and apartments. Munson would like you to think they are houses, but that’s poppycock. Remember city hall’s motto, “Big Business first – Citizens second”

#14 Ghost of Dude on 03.25.09 at 1:38 pm

Levees are good to have. For a good example, look at what’s happening in Fargo right now vs. what’s not happening in Grand Forks. Two cities, same river, but only one’s in the news.

#15 Costner on 03.25.09 at 2:29 pm

Don’t get me wrong… we need levees even if they are ugly. But do we need to raise them from levees designed for a 75 year flood level to levees designed for 100 year flood level? Probably – but do we need to act like if we don’t do anything in the next six months that disaster will happen?

I just think this is one of those issues being pressed harder than it should be for reasons other than flood control, and I’ve yet to figure out why.

#16 l3wis on 03.25.09 at 2:34 pm

I told you why. It’s about saving business owners money on insurance because FEMA went ape shit after Katrina. If city hall was concerned about our safety they would hire qualified PD, put in bike lanes and have a homeless shelter built already.