Sioux Falls to Install New Protected Spaces for Bicyclists and Pedestrians
In partnership with the City’s Public Works and Planning and Development Services departments, the Health Department’s Live Well Sioux Falls program announced that Sioux Falls will get two new “pop-up” projects on June 9, 2022, to create better spaces for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Two project installations are happening that day—a protected bike lane at 49th Street and Oxbow Avenue and a pedestrian “bump-out” at 11th Street and Dakota Avenue in the downtown area. Funding for the entire project, which is using a quick-build infrastructure product from DezignLine, came from an AARP Community Challenge Grant that was awarded to Live Well Sioux Falls.
“Protected bike lanes and curb extensions create a safer environment for bicyclists and pedestrians in our community,” said Shelby Kommes, Public Health Prevention Coordinator for the Sioux Falls Health Department. “The DezignLine pieces used in both of these projects are unique in that they are easy to install and uninstall, so the City can pilot other locations in the future. Protected bike lanes in particular make it more comfortable for bicyclists to ride on the street. On-street bike routes help connect people to additional trail access, retail, entertainment, business, and residential spaces.”
The annual AARP Community Challenge Grant program provides funding to communities across the country to implement quick-action projects that enhance livability for all ages. Projects can address local needs, such as transportation, housing, enhancing public spaces, building civic engagement, and more.
“We are so excited to see this project come to life in Sioux Falls,” said Mary Michaels, communications director for AARP South Dakota. “This is a unique product the City is using to enhance safety by putting a physical barrier between bicyclists and pedestrians. We are proud that AARP invests in community innovation through the Community Challenge Grant program. Communities like Sioux Falls are bringing partners together to identify needs and then take steps to implement projects that build a more livable community for all ages.”
For more information, visit livewellsiouxfalls.org or call 605-367-8031.
49th Street and Oxbow Avenue Protected Bike Lane: Uses an on-street route to connect riders to segments of the recreational trail.
11th Street and Dakota Avenue Curb Extension: Provides a barrier between pedestrians and vehicle traffic and creates a shorter crossing distance across Dakota Avenue.