Bicycle and Pedestrian Connections Study
The City of Sioux Falls through its consultant RDG Planning and Design and Alta Planning and Design has developed the following concept plans to improve bicycle and pedestrian connections and accessibility for each of the below areas of the community. Each concept plan has a map and recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian facilities to help create attractive, comfortable, and safe connections. To provide your on-line comments, please take a survey for one or more of the concept plans that are located below which includes design elements such as trail connections, bike lanes, or mini traffic circles. For more in-depth information on all concept plans, read the entire draft study located to the right. An open house was held on January 24th from 5 pm to 6:30 pm at the Downtown Library to collect comments and input from the public.
Project Contact: Sam Trebilcock – firstname.lastname@example.org
- #1 - Bahnson Avenue Connection (Take a survey)
- Bahnson Avenue is the major collector on the east side of Sioux Falls. However, the collector is not connected from the north to south between 6th and 10th Street. This barrier significantly limits bicycle and pedestrian connections traveling comfortably between neighborhoods including access to schools, parks, libraries, swimming pools, and commercial developments. The proposed connection through a cemetery would provide the connection.
- #2 - 15th Street Bicycle Boulevard (Take a survey)
- This would be the first bicycle boulevard in Sioux Falls. The corridor is from the Great Plains Zoo to Downtown and includes an elementary school along the route. The route has also had neighborhood concerns over cut-through traffic and high speeds. Traffic calming along the corridor would include bump outs, traffic circles, and pedestrian signals. The entire corridor would be signed and striped as a bicycle boulevard providing a comfortable bicycle route for most levels of cyclists.
- #3 - Ralph Rogers Road/61st Street Connection (Take a survey)
- Ralph Rogers is a good bicycle route, but too short to be very useful for adequate east-west bicycle and pedestrian connections. With connections further to the east, bicyclists and pedestrian can avoid busy arterials in the area and access parks, schools, and other bicycle routes. The route would include a pedestrian signal across Minnesota and Cliff Avenues and a new pedestrian connection on the edge of the Prairie Green Golf Course and as a part of the Judee Estates Park Master Plan.
- #4 - 41st and I-29 area (Mall Area) Connections (Take a survey)
- The 41st Street and I-29 area includes two major Regional Shopping areas (the Empire Mall, Meadows on the River). The improvements planned include a complete street network that provides bicycle and pedestrian access to and from this area. Proposed project highlights include a sidepath on 49th Street, Terry Avenue/Lake Lorraine bicycle boulevard, Shirley Avenue bicycle lanes, and 47th street bicycle route sharrows from the bike trail.
- #5 - 22nd and 24th Street connection (Take a survey)
- This route is a great east-west route through the middle of the city. Connectivity is very good except near Cliff Avenue and the bike trail at 18th Street. The concept plan here looks to create a bicycle boulevard including adding a pedestrian signal across Cliff Avenue a two-stage crossing at Southeastern and 18th Street/River Boulevard and a series of traffic circles to provide traffic calming along the route. Bicycle facility and connectivity options to make it more comfortable to cross busy streets and create more convenient connections.
The objective of this study is to enhance bicycle and pedestrian connections within five areas of the City of Sioux Falls. The proposed projects would be implemented over the next several years to implement these concept plans. Any comments received will be used to help further develop the project concept plans and help with eventual implementation. This includes methods to develop local and collector routes as major bicycle and pedestrian cross-town routes or find better bicycle and pedestrian access to major destinations.