Tuesday February 8 there are two open houses related to the multi-use path corridors that endeavour to connect Sioux Falls to Brandon, Harrisburg and Tea.
Harrisburg 4:30 to 6:00pm @ Harrisburg Community Library - presentation at 5:30pm
Brandon 7:00 to 8:00pm @ Brandon City Council Chambers - presentation at 7:15pm
The hard work of considering routing options and receiving community input has mostly been completed. This MPO report details the "most feasible" routes between the communities.
People who attend either open house ought to keep an ear open for approaches that Brandon, Harrisburg and Tea are taking to preserve the corridors until such a time when funding is available to build the facilities.
Why? I suspect that Sioux Falls will be slower to act on preserving the corridors than our neighbors. If this proves correct - pressure might be able to be successfully applied locally by pointing to the value of being good neighbors.
For me the big value of having these routes in place is not so I can ride my bicycle from home to Brandon. No. The big value of having these in place is, over the next 20 years as the land between these communities is urbanized, bicycle and pedestrian access to transportation will not be an afterthought. It will already exist.
When a Wal-Mart lands between here and Harrisburg they just might cater just a little bit to the bike route that already exists.