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Automobiles and bicycles can co-exist on Sioux Falls streets


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - Sometimes it’s like a feud that will never be resolved between car drivers and bicyclists on Sioux Falls roads.  With Tour Sioux Falls (TSF) coming up Saturday and Sunday, Patrick Lalley, Managing Editor of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader shared his insights on bicycling in Sioux Falls.

“Share the road, that’s what it’s all about,” said Lalley.  “We have some great bike laws in town now and amazing city transportation planners who are visionary people.  They have a great passion to find ways for us to live together efficiently.” 

Lalley said the planners looked into how we can incorporate bicycles into our town as a form of transportation and found a bunch of laws that were hard to interpret.  They set out on a mission to find out what the best bike laws in the country are and came up with a solid set of laws to govern how bikes and cars should work together in our city.  We found out bikes work best when they act as vehicles and that’s the best way to share the road.  With such simple laws, Lalley sometime finds sharing the road on a bicycle not always easy.

“I’m a bike commuter and I have had people yell, curse and even spit at me,” said Lalley.  “I have had people stop in the middle of the road right in front of me and curse me out for nothing.  If I do something stupid, that’s on me – my bad, but I have a lot of people pass very closely to me or yell at me to get off the road.”

Lalley said that the law is three feet, and if you don’t give him his three feet, he will take a picture of your license and report you!  With five dollar a gallon gas coming up, there are going to be more people commuting on bicycles than ever.  No one is entitled to the road, but sometimes people get into such a hurry and they have to deviate from their schedules, they consider everything a problem and usually it isn’t a five second delay. 

“Sioux Falls is an amazing city, and this weekend is Tour Sioux Falls, with bike trail day starting Saturday,” said Lalley.  “People can ride all the way around the trail and there will be five rest stations along the way.  It’s for everyone, whether you haven’t ridden a bike in 20 years or if you want to walk or rollerblade, come out and enjoy the day.” 

Lalley said there will be a lot of prizes.  Everyone gets a passport and the more times you go around the trail, you get a stamp and each stamp increases your chances of winning and at the top of the prize list is a car.

“Sunday is a first ever event where downtown Sioux Falls is closed down from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.” said Lalley.  “The price is now 30 dollars and you can sign up at Sports Authority or the Sanford Sports Complex.  It’s going to be a great weekend with a lot of events; come out and enjoy this great community.”  

Patrick Lalley was interviewed on the Greg Belfrage Show June 28, 2013.