On December 18, 2018, the Sioux Falls City Council passed the first E-Bike ordinance only allowing E1’s. Listen to the testimony for allowing E2’s also (FF: 27:00). Folks, nothing has changed in 5 years! The only thing that has changed is that E-Bikes have become safer, lighter, more affordable and technologically advanced. Just look at this ride, the battery is so powerful you can use it as a power source (it has an inverter) and can be ridden full throttle and full headlamp for 105 miles on one charge.

Councilors Starr and Stehly tried to amend it to allow all E-Classes and were voted down. Starr’s argument holds true today, this is an opportunity for people with mobility issues (old folks) to get some exercise.

E-Bikes are not going away, in fact I think in 10 years you will probably be hard pressed to find a traditional bike in a storefront and E1’s will be considered dinosaurs.

I had to chuckle a bit during public input, former Mayor Rick Knobe suggested they put signs on the rec trail that inform people to be ‘courteous’. LOL. He got his wish.

12 Thoughts on “The Argument to Allow E2’s on the Rec Trail hasn’t changed in 5 years

  1. D@ily Spin on August 25, 2023 at 8:15 am said:

    Ordinances are meant to be ignored. The city judicial process doesn’t work. There’s an endless citations appeal process. Use it. Fines can’t be collected and your credit is unaffected because there’s no court action possibility. They tried to condemn the ‘Mansion’ and got scared off with civil rights infringement. They didn’t force the destruction of the lot line home at McKennon Park. It was the PRIVATE historical society lawsuit. Take all labels off your E-Bike. They’ll need an expert to prove anything. If stopped, say you’re pedaling and coasting without power. Silly councilors. They could have spent all this time on liquor licenses or listening to Public Input.

  2. Very Stable Genius on August 25, 2023 at 9:17 am said:

    Albums have made a comeback. I can’t find a new cassette or CD anywhere. But no further comments from me on this issue, at this time, because I don’t want Greg or Scott to know my next move….. 😉 Hahahahaha….. Peace Bro! 🙂 #BeachCruiserNation!

    ( and Woodstock adds: “I hope this doesn’t get ugly”….. 🙁 )

  3. *** NON GERMANE WARNING *** on August 25, 2023 at 12:30 pm said:

    Say, have any of you been following this whole story with former State Senator Castleberry, who apparently owes the state of South Dakota over $500,000 due to misrepresentations concerning covid funding and the state constitution and elected officials having contracts with the state?

    Well, apparently, the AG’s office has cut a deal with the former state senator. They’ll be no charges and then they are going to give her 20 to 30 years to pay it back. Thus, I guess the AG’s office is some sort of mortgage company. AND, I also want everyone to remember this, because if anyone is ever accused, let’s say, of taking like $500 from the till of their fast food employer they should be able to work out a deal with the AG’s office which would include no charges and either a 20 or 30 year repayment program. Now,with that scenario, and if you took the 30 year plan, for instance, then it would work out to about $1.39 per month plus interest, which is something that I think most hardworking South Dakotans could afford.


    ( and Woodstock adds: “Thanks VSG for the info”…. “I think the next time I need a mortgage I’m going to go through the AG’s office and not Di-Tech”…. )


  4. Ironically, I have been thinking about opening a trad bike shop next year, since it will be all the rage in 10 years I decided to get ahead of the game.

  5. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on August 26, 2023 at 9:49 am said:

    Ten years? Hell, we don’t have ten years. Between climate change, A.I., and the Trumpsters the apocalyptic world that Badlands Pawn once promised is just around the corner.

    But if we do have 10 years, then the question will be: Was it really the ebikes or just Ozempic?

    I like your bike trade idea, however. It’s very socialistic in terms of the trade idea, but yet capitalistic in your attempt to manipulate the market. It’s what was once taught in our school systems and called a mixed economy, or what I used to call sapitalism. But that art seems to be lost now. Now, if you help the students with their debt it’s a bailout or socialism, but if you routinely help the farmers out each year it’s considered to be a part of capitalism.

  6. Further Fear & Loathing on August 26, 2023 at 12:42 pm said:

    Does Di-Tech still exist? I know Dubya once wanted to finance our national debt through them and not the Chinese.

  7. D@ily Spin on August 27, 2023 at 9:42 am said:

    Considering what cars cost we’ll all be on bikes in 10 years. Electric cars are proving to be more expensive than gas. Insurance is higher. An overnight charge costs more than a gallon of gas to/from work. If you have a day off, there’s still trickle charge. States add annual registration fee that buys 3 tanks of gas. Open a used car lot. There’ll be fewer with more demand. How about a car shell with an E-Bike inside?

  8. D@ily Spin on August 27, 2023 at 9:59 am said:

    E-Cars are better for the environment! What about the hazardous waste from discarded batteries? There goes the stolen catalytic converters business. Kites and keys are an aeronautical hazard. Burn not churn!

    If you bike but not E-Bike, do you need a peddlers license?

  9. Fearing the Fuhrer & More on August 27, 2023 at 1:24 pm said:

    Mortgage department? I knew they had a creative language department, but I didn’t know they had a mortgage department, too.

    Speaking of their CL department, isn’t that where they came up with their term called the twig theory? I think you remember the twig theory from the old EB5 days.

    You got to watch those prosecutors, however. They come up with some interesting theories at times. Like the magic bullet theory, which was devised by a young in-house counsel to the Warren Commission. This counselor’s name was, Arlen Specter, he later went on to become a prosecutor and eventually a US Senator.

    I think you remember the magic bullet theory. That was the theory that claimed that one of the bullets exited the President’s throat then took a bee-line direction down to Jack Ruby’s club for a quick lap dance, then returned to Dealey Plaza to find itself strike the Governor’s back in an elongated fashion, then it crushed through some ribs and continued out of the trunk of his body then crushed through his one wrist which was rested on his one knee where it finally embedded itself in the Governor’s thigh, but then was later discovered on a gurney at Parkland Hospital with more metal intact, than the shrapnel found in the Governor’s body would suggest.

    And why the magic bullet theory you may ask? Well, on that day in Dallas, there was actually a third person injured from a stray bullet that day. A bystander on Commerce Street, which is found within Dealey Plaza, received a small wound on his one cheek as a chip of cement hit his face; a piece of cement that chipped off of the curb after a bullet hit the curb beneath this bystander’s feet. Now, you may ask, so what? But what you need to understand is that three shells at the Texas School Book Depository can’t be four individual shots from a lone gun man, when you also consider the head shot, too. So, how to answer all of this? Well, how about a magic bullet which answers two of the four injuries that day, explains why there were only three shells found, and three shots is more plausible in six seconds than four. So, see how theories help out sometimes, but sometimes a twig can be handy, too, I’ve heard.

    And oh, don’t you just love these kind of theories and to think that some claim that conspiracy theories are less credible, that’s interesting, huh?

  10. D@ily Spin on August 28, 2023 at 8:19 am said:

    The magic bullet proved to be because Conally’s front seat was lower in the limo. It was a nearly straight trajectory from Kennedy in the back seat. There’s a Lincoln limo here like Kennedys’. Also a Hudson Terraplane like what Dillinger drove to rob a bank in Sioux Falls. Could West Sioux Hardware become an automobile museum?

    I was at Dealy Plaza in Dallas in the late 1990’s. An older man was hawking a small book. It was Billy Sol Estes, LBJ’s front man. Famous for criminal schemes. Died in 2013. Dallas residents refer to the lighted sphere downtown near Dealy as the Electric Dandelion. It’s a revolving restaurant tower and lower hotel built on what was a cemetery from the Texas Independence (Alamo) era. All my Exe’s live in Texas.

  11. So DS, do you still mess with Texas?

    But how does a lower seat matter? The tie Kennedy worn that day suggests a round exit wound, that then became an elongated one onto Connally’s back. (?)

    And, I like the automobile museum idea, however. A good place for the Fawick Flyer and what about Skinny Miller’s flat black SUV? ….(…. I wonder if anyone saved Janklow’s Cadillac?…. ( …. Come to think of it, wasn’t he friends with….? ……. )) …..

  12. “wore” 😉

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