SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO-AM) Today the League of American Bicyclists announced that Sioux Falls has again been named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community. The award involves careful review of the City’s application, supplemental material, and consultation with local cyclists. The designation is valid for four years, but the City can apply for renewal sooner.
“Sioux Falls is playing a critical part in creating a truly Bicycle Friendly America,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We know Sioux Falls’ investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, and quality-of-life benefits of a thriving community.”
The Bicycle Friendly Community program is transforming the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability, and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. There are now 291 Bicycle Friendly Communities in 48 states across America. The bronze award level recognizes Sioux Falls’ commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure, and pro-bicycling policies.
Recently Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation unveiled a new Sertoma Avenue trail connection to Legacy Park. The .25-mile trail connection links the City’s west side to the main Greenway Trail System. More connections—like Cherry Creek Trail, near West 12th Street and Sertoma Avenue, and Diamond Creek Trail, near West 57th Street and Western Avenue—are in the planning stages.
“Sioux Falls is looking for ways not only to connect neighborhoods to the main trail system, but also to enhance and expand streets for safe bicycle opportunities,” says Sam Trebilcock, Transportation/Transit Planner. “The recent update of the on-street bicycle laws and this summer’s Tour Sioux Falls event were big steps forward for the bicycling community in Sioux Falls.”
Since its inception, more than 500 communities have applied to be a Bicycle Friendly Community, and the five levels of the award—diamond, platinum, gold, silver, and bronze—provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.