New group forms to speak for bicyclists in South Dakota

The newly formed South Dakota Bicycle Coalition issued a news release this week to announce its existence:

Securing safety, education, community –

Group Speaks for South Dakota Bicyclists

(Jan. 25, 2010) — Bicyclists now have a collective voice speaking for them in South Dakota.

The South Dakota Bicycle Coalition – official as of April 2009 – looks to 2010 as a year to speak louder for cyclists throughout the state.

At the top of its overall agenda – advocating for awareness and visibility of bicycling in South Dakota.

To start out 2010, the coalition’s board is actively watching a bill in the legislature – SB70 – to enact a 3-foot passing law. This proposed law would support safer sharing of roadways by  better communicating a minimum, safe passing distance when motorists pass bicyclists on the road.

The board also has an eye on facilitating increased bicycling education for youth and adults and on becoming a unified voice for South Dakota’s existing bicycle communities.

Board members leading the newly-formed organization represent all sides of South Dakota and its bicycling communities. They are:

·    Caitlin Collier, Vermillion – President
·    Kevin Brady, Vermillion – Vice President
·    Michael Christensen, Sioux Falls – Treasurer
·    Jessica Giard, Chamberlain – Secretary
·    Jim Books, Rapid City – At Large
·    Robb Rasmussen, Brookings – At Large
·    Jeremy Smith, Spearfish – At Large

To learn more about the coalition, visit the website at www.SDBicycleCoalition.org, where you can learn about supporting the coalition’s goals as a member. The SDBC is also on Facebook (facebook.com/SDBicycleCoalition) and on email at SDBicycleCoalition@gmail.com.

For more information on bicycling in South Dakota, click here.

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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