What do you think of the park's decision to allow cyclists to ignore speed limits in the park? I personally think bicycles should be considered vehicles no matter where they are being ridden. The park's decision surprises me.
Thank you for this story.
I really think people can just have concerns and every situation is different.
And more over, it would open a new market : bike regulation and accessories (eg: speedometer)
In my own point of view, I would ban speed limit in town, explain that the guilty one is the one who has the stronger and bigger vehicle and settlle a mode priority list (Netherlands : PT -->bikes-->walkers-->cars, and that's all. I really dream about a world where all city centers are open to everyone with no constraints and just respect between people, common sense and priorities.
It would force us to look up at people, at environment and give up our smartphone... create more social interactions, more awareness.
I mean every policy with this kind of target : regulation, banishment, speed limits, cycle roads, car road, sidewalk... and then what ? electric bicycle road and skateboard road, and rollerblade road, and stroler road, and scooter road... with all different speed limit, safety regulation.... please
The world is becoming more and more complex and trying to put everything is the same box as yesterday is a big mistake. Trying to create new boxes to put everything is a mistake too...
We have only one box which is Earth and one common variable which is human. So I guess the only solution is respectful coexistence (awareness of others living on the same planet, here the same city)
Unfortunately humans created laws because the bigger the societies became, the harder natural respect was possible. It seems weird to limit bicycle speed but when a cyclist hit a pedestrian at 20km/h, by experience I can tell you the pedestrian fall. And the cyclist generally too. In parks you have children and they can be hurt quite easily.
So yes I prefer to have speed limits even for cyclists, limits adapted according to the location.
Thanks for your replies Hugo Bois and Jacques Naves! I agree Jacques I would tend toward speed limits in parks where there can be crowds and children. You bring up a great idea Hugo when you mention respectful co-existence. It would be great if everyone could just be considerate of those around them!
Sorry to be a bit provocative but how would you control bicycle speed ?
With speed camera ? The bike speed is too low considering the law and the technology efficiency of speed camera.
With a tracker ? And what about privacy?
Great question! I hadn't thought of it so much as controlling with speed traps and more as posting signs asking cyclists to control their speed in areas where there are children, coupled with park rangers or police officers monitoring the area for cyclists riding unnecessarily fast based on a judgement call. Sort of the same way cities control for jaywalking. Set up a system where you may not be penalized every time but the possibility is there and hopefully people's consciences will kick in. Just one idea!
Thank you Laura Gillies you raise this debate !
And to my part, I agree with Hugo Bois. It's like nonsense to implement speed limit in a park for bicycle, because naturally parks are not a place where you have cycling race, so if you disturb a park tranquility because you drive to quick you already breaking pedestrians well being. Even better, parks have rules and when you are driving too fast you are breaking the law, so why implemented speed limit ?
To implement useless traffic signs ? That will be environmentally ugly, and a new money pit among full of others for municipalities.
I understand there is crowd of children but this measure is just useless.
There should be no finement for these type of activity for cyclist