I've mentioned before that Denver has a speed limit on its trail system.
Thousands of Denver cyclists use the city's 85 miles of bike paths -- so many, in fact, that crowding has led to serious collisions and, in the fall of 2003, to the death of a bicyclist in Littleton, Colo., a suburb. Now the Department of Parks and Recreation is proposing a cyclist speed limit
And that cops with radar guns enforce it
Patrol officers use radar guns to gauge a person's speed and ticket skaters and cyclists who are breaking the speed limit, Denver television station KMGH reported. The enforcement came as a result of an increase in accidents involving pedestrians, Denver police said.
Steve Eldridge with the Examiner caught on to it and brought up these points.
The problems, as I see them, are that few bikes are equipped with speedometers any more. I used to have one on my old Huffy Stingray bike (the one with the ram handle bars and the four-foot back bar), but you just don’t see them too often on today’s bikes. The other problem is enforcement. Are police there going to stand next to the path with radar guns? Will repeat offenders find their privileges revoked? According to an ABS News story, the police aren’t even certain whether they will issue tickets. That seems to make the whole idea more of a suggestion. Even still, it might be something worth considering on certain paths and trails around here where problems exist.
Someone pointed out that he was wrong and that many people have speedometers.
“You are mistaken on the subject of bike speedometers. They are very common, but they are called ‘cyclocomputers’ now. They’re light and accurate and don’t have inefficient mechanical parts like the one on your old Huffy. They can cost anywhere from 20 to 1,000 bucks and some include heart-rate monitoring and all sorts of cool stuff.
But they added
“It’s probably impractical to enforce a 15 mph speed limit on multi-use trails. People who use the trails just need to learn to use a little common sense — stay to the right, look where you’re going, etc. And if you regularly go extremely fast on the trails, you should probably be riding on the road instead.”
dedicated pedestrian trails to get joggers out of the way of bikers.
I think it's time to build a second pedestrian trail parallel to the Mt. Vernon Trail and separate the two. Much like here on the Orange Line Bikeway in LA (bikes ride in the middle).