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.