Please take five minutes to watch this video, Bicycling Safety Scenes. It has important information for both motorists and bicyclists.
Where does your bike take you? To work? To the grocery store? To the trails? More than 80% of bike commuters say they feel healthier and less stressed. And, did you know the average annual operating cost of a bicycle is $308, compared to $8,000 for a car?
Whether you ride for fun or use your bike as a way to get to school, work or other places, riding your bike is good for your health! When a community has a transportation system that is bike-friendly, there are many benefits, including:
- reduced traffic congestion
- improved quality of life
- a healthy environment
- reduced health care costs
- reduced dependency on auto ownership (and insurance and maintenance costs!)
- increased economic vitality
- a more equitable society that provides transportation choice for all citizens.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does Sioux Falls have a Bike Plan?
A. Yes! The Sioux Falls Bike Master Plan was updated in 2015. Sioux Falls has been recognized as a Bronze-level Bike Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. We have a great trail system and want to expand and enhance safe bicycling on the trails and on our city streets. You can find more resources here, including a printable and an interactive bike trail map.
Q. Should I wear a helmet?
A. Yes! According to the National Highway Traffice Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 70% of all fatal bicycle crashes involve head injuries. Bicycle helmets have been estimated to reduce the risk for head injuries by 85%. You can purchase a helmet at a local bike shop or other retailer. Be sure your helmet fits properly.
Q. Is it necessary to lock up my bike?
A. It is always a good idea to lock up your bike when it's not in use. Unfortunately, many bikes are stolen each year - most often because they are not locked.
Check out this information on locking up your bike from the National Bike Registry.
Q. Are there bike clubs in Sioux Falls?
A. Yes there are! These local clubs do a great job promoting all the benefits of riding your bike.
Q. Can I ride in the winter?
A. Yes! Just like with roads, the bike trail is maintained during winter months as time and resources allow.
Here are some tips for riding in colder weather.