Thursday, May 28, 2009

CPC DownTown Crit

H.R. 2105.....SWEET!!! sends out an newsletter every week to over 65,000 cyclists (thank you Larry). This week they had a little blurb about H.R. 2105. Here is what they had to say:

Tax deductions for the purchase of bikes and accessories may be coming. U.S. lawmakers have introduced the Personal Health Investment Today Act of 2009 (H.R. 2105) in the House of Representatives. The bill calls for deductions of up to $1,000 per year for expenses used to stay physically fit and active. Qualifying would be health club memberships, personal instruction and some equipment used for exercise, probably including bicycles. The impetus for the bill is a World Health Organization study that says a $1 investment in physical activity would reduce medical expenses by $3.20 in the U.S., and 2 out of 5 Americans would increase exercise if offered a financial incentive.

You can read the bill here.

I am just going to throw this out there but is it maybe possible that the people that do exercise really enjoy it and therefore spend money on the things they enjoy. Has the WHO priced a custom Independent Fabrications bike lately? I do hope that it does work as an incentive for those that are on the fence needing something to push them over.

Let the discussion start.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bike Trail Construction with Alternate Route

The greenway trail from Fawick Park south to the railroad tracks will be reconstructed beginning on Friday May 27th. The trail will be reconstructed and realigned including a wider 12 foot trail. During construction 3rd Avenue and 12th Street back to the trail will be used as on-street alternate routes (see attached map for alternate route). The trail is expected to reopen by July 10th. Please let pass on the word to all.

Bike Friendly States

Give your self a High Five today if you did anything for cycling advocacy in South Dakota over the last year. SD moved from pretty close to the end of the line to the middle of the pack of Bike Leagues Bike Friendly State Rankings. We are also in the top 5 most improved states. Cycling is growing in Sioux Falls. If you ever have chance to sit for a while head over to one of your favorite coffee shops on Minnesota Ave. and count the cyclists that go by in a hour. You will be surprised.

Read the Bike Leagues info here.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Google builds Street View trikes to map UK footpaths

Those that have used Google Maps: Street View in the past have probably asked how it works. Here's your answer…if you live in the UK.

Google: Street View

Sioux Falls Bike Trail / Levee Project

As an update, the levee project is now estimated to be bid in August with construction estimated to begin in October. Looks like the trail will be open this summer.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sioux Falls Crit Helmet Cam Footage

Coming up this Thursday is the second installment of the the Spoke-N-Sport / Central Plains Cycling Crit Series. Thursday May 14th is Tifosi night. The PREMS are donated by Tifosi. If you want to know more you can visit If you want to know more about Central Plains Cycling you can go to

Friday, May 08, 2009

Easton Wheel and Helmet Promotion Details

How do I get a free Bell or Giro helmet?

Buy any set of Easton Wheels from an authorized Easton Wheel Dealer between April 15th and September 1, 2009 and receive a free Bell or Giro helmet. After you purchase you Easton wheel set, the retailer will give you a coupon which you will mail into Easton along with proof of purchase. After receipt, we will call you to help you select the helmet of your choice. No messing around with complex forms or DNA tests.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Bike Trail Closure at North Riverside Avenue for Central Main Sanitary Sewer-Phase 3, Segment 1

Bike Trail Closure at North Riverside Avenue for Central Main Sanitary Sewer—Phase 3, Segment 1

Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Beginning Monday, May 11, 2009, ongoing construction of Phase 3—Segment 1 of the Central Main Sanitary Interceptor Sewer Project will require the closure of the bike trail in the area of North Riverside Avenue. Construction activity will require the bike trail to be closed for 24 hours, starting the morning of May 11. A hard surface will be restored prior to reopening. There will be no through-traffic allowed between the diversion channel bridge near North Drive and Falls Park Drive. The bike trail will be closed from Monday morning, May 11, until Tuesday morning, May 12, 2009. Minger Construction is the prime contractor.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Bikes for Ghana

It's great to hear that a company we use is giving back to the world. Ghana to be precise. Sticker Giant makes a lot of our stickers that we use. They are helping provide bikes for Ghana. You can help too. Visit them at their blog located HERE.

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