A big announcement about a new event coming to Sioux Falls...slated for the last weekend of June. It is a celebration of the city of Sioux Falls and the growing number of bike riders who call this area home. We thought this was a story about enjoying the great outdoors...and it is...but as we found, there is also a little more to this.
"Well Sioux Falls...guess what....it's ready for you to enjoy." Mayor Mike Huether was part of the announcement of a joint partnership between the city and Argus Leader Media for the new event...."Tour Sioux Falls"....a 2-day event...June 29th and 30th. On the 29th, bike riders will be encouraged to check out the newly expanded and fully opened Sioux Falls bike trail system. "It will truly be a tour around the entire loop of the bike trial."
On the 30th, a good portion of downtown will be closed off for bike riders to ride around at their leisure. What can you expect? Randall Beck with Argus Leader Media says..."There will be vendors, there will be food, there will be drink...I mean we sort of look at it as a weekend party in many ways...celebrating bicycling and living healthy here in Sioux Falls."
For biking enthusiasts, this is huge....but not for all the reasons you might suspect.
"I think for Sioux Falls residents it is going to be a big thing." Chad Pickard with Spoke-N-Sport is happy because he likes biking and believes this event will put some money in his pocket from people fixing up bikes and renting bikes for this new event. But when we asked Chad why this event is important..he said something we weren't expecting....he says something cool happens when you get people out of cars and onto bikes. "What happens is you actually talk to people...you engage with others of shops and other people shopping and you have conversations you wouldn't normally have."
While this new event will be about biking..it will also be about people....and making connections.
And we are going to give you a sneak peek tonight at what portions of downtown will be closed off on June 30th for "Tour Sioux Falls".
More than 2.5 miles of downtown will be closed off....the route will begin at Falls Park...down Phillips Avenue to 8th Street...west to Main...south on Main to 13th Street...over to Phillips Avenue...and back to Falls Park.