- Associated Press - Sunday, May 1, 2016

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - Officials in Deadwood want to look closer at how long certain areas are dedicated for motorcycle parking around the time of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The Black Hills Pioneer (https://bit.ly/1TtClTP ) reports the Deadwood City Commission has given approval at least the last two years to a chamber of commerce request to dedicate two areas to free motorcycle parking.

A motion was made by Jim Van Den Eykel and seconded by Gary Todd to reduce parking on Main Street and in the Interpretive Center parking lot from two weeks to one week.

Parking troubles for tourists and bus traffic are posed by the Interpretive Center lot being closed for two weeks, Van Den Eykel said. That’s especially true, Todd said, with construction that will lead to parking being lost at the Lower Main parking lot.

“I believe in opening our city to motorcycles during the Rally, but I am concerned with the project we have going on at the Lower Main lot and just the general lack of parking,” Todd said.



Mayor Chuck Turbiville and commissioner Dave Ruth voted against the motion. Commissioners also talked about trimming motorcycle parking to one week at the Interpretive Center lot, but keeping it at two weeks on Main Street.

“Given the efforts to revitalize Main Street and draw people to town, I don’t think this is that big of a deal during a transition period from guys wearing chaps to ride horses to guys wearing chaps to ride iron horses,” Ruth said. “I don’t see how or why we would reduce the amount of time we give to our two-wheeled guests.”

Turbiville suggested it might be appropriate to talk with chamber officials and suggested deferring the issue to the commission’s next meeting.

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Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, https://www.bhpioneer.com

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