in my inbox was a request for comment regarding a post, "Riverdale Park chain of death
" by the very famous South DaCola blogger. The post identifies the very legitimate concern of a chain being placed across a road in Riverdale Park. A road very popular to riders accessing the bike trail loop.
is Detroit Lewis' response when informed via an anonymous comment that the chain had been removed. "That’s because the [Argus Leader] was going to do a story about it." No, it's because you posted about it on your blog. Dude, learn to declare victory. You deserve it.
Here's the Argus Leader blogger reportage
about the situation: "Chain across trail alarms cyclists
A side note: the reporter also did a nice write up
of our coming Falls Area Singletrack
trail building effort: And in other bike trail news
Here is my full original response
to the full content of South DaCola post:
Thanks for the link to that post. I read it with interest. I have
not heard anything about that chain at Riverdale Park or anyone running
into the chain. Surely an invisible chain across a path of desire is a hazard and
ought to be remedied. It's only a concern to me if parks refuses to
remedy it. It is my experience that they are responsive to issues like
Hopefully the person who ran into the chain did the
responsible thing and reported it to The City. Also hopefully the person
who ran into the chain did it within the hours of operation of the park
- hours that tend to be during daylight. Hopefully the person who ran
into the chain, if it was night, was riding with proper lights, fore and
As far as the bike friendliness of the city goes: I
ride a few thousand miles each year within the city limits and I rarely
have bad experiences. Most bad experiences come from sidewalk riding or
riding on the road unpredictably or too far to the right.
As far as The City receiving awards: the League of
American Bicyclists awarded Sioux Falls the Bronze Level Bicycle
Friendly Community award a few years ago. The City applied for this
award. The League reviewed the application. The League invited the local
cycling community to weigh in on the application. The League selected
Sioux Falls as a winner. This award is up for renewal right now and the
same process is being followed.
The best way to make the city more bike friendly for
local riders is for local riders to become involved in making the city
more bike friendly. The City planning department meets regularly with
riders to get input and feedback about city government bicycle plans and
efforts. Most of the riders willing to put time and effort into a bike
friendly Sioux Falls go to these meetings.
The local bike club Falls Area Bicyclists (FAB) is in
need of board members and regular members who are willing to put effort
in to making Sioux Falls more bicycle friendly. The FAB board is poised
for radical change this fall and can use the help of a few energetic
The worst way to make the city more bike friendly for
local riders is for local riders to go out riding thinking someone else
is doing the work...
If you'd like more commentary please call me.
League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor #2540
SECOG Metropolitan Planning Organization Citizens Advisory Committee Vice-Chair
Falls Area Singletrack, treasurer
South Dakota Bicycle Coalition, treasurer