Slow Down, Bike Mavericks!

Pamela Lang writes in the Burbank Leader that there should be a speed limit on the Chandler Bikeway. Because people on bikes and roller blades and distracted runners go really fast, and they are mean.

You see, Pamela goes for morning walks along the bikeway. She recently witnessed an accident involving 2 bicyclists and 1 blader. So, she wants going really fast to be against the law.

The city of Burbank needs to impose and post a speed limit for bicyclists and those using roller blades, skateboards or any other vehicle on wheels. I have personally witnessed those on bikes passing me at an alarmingly fast speed.

Now, I’m not sure about your skateboard or your roller blades, but my Trek mountain bike did not come with a speedometer. However, I did find one for under $5 here. And one for skates here. They even make them for skateboards. Although, this one appears to be discontinued. Shucks.

Anyhoo.. I have a few questions that I’d like you to consider as you trudge through the rest of the day:

  1. Should bikeways be off-limits to bikes?
  2. Should there be posted speed limits?
  3. What should that speed limit be?
  4. Will there be use of radar technology to enforce said speed limit?
  5. What about minimum speeds?
  6. Will dogs and squirrels be exempt?

Discuss.

14 Replies to “Slow Down, Bike Mavericks!”

  1. Every time I ride on the Chandler bike path, there’s no chance I’ll get any decent speed on account of the walkers in groups walking all over the path, frequently shoulder-to-shoulder across the whole path, completely disregarding the directional lanes and bike zones. And the dogs on long leashes – don’t get me started on them.

  2. Well, I’ve had a chip on my shoulder with Burbank because I lived there during a couple of the worst years of my life, but more specifically since its City Council caved to NIMBY pressure a couple years ago and canceled a previously agreed-upon, planned and budgeted connecting route between the LA River and Chandler bikeways because residents argued it would negatively impact traffic as well as escalate crime. So it wouldn’t surprise me if the city takes up Pamela’s cry for intervention and starts dedicating law enforcement resources to set-up and maintain cycling speed traps.

    I agree with Pamela that the Chandler Bikeway is a jewel; a well-realized conduit that can get cyclists smoothly between beautiful downtown Burbank and North Hollywood. It’s about as close to a bike utopia as there is in this city. I disagree with her assertion that there is an unequal division of space between the cycling lane and the pedestrian lane. There’s plenty of room and her argument that walkers and joggers and skaters can’t safely pass slower peds without risking being run over by a rogue biker is pretty weak. Ever heard of looking over your shoulder Pam? Or howsabout passing your fellow footie on their right?

    As to your questions: 1) Ha, that would be so very LA to build a bikeway and then ban bikes from it. 2) I’m not against such a thing but I know of no other off-street bike lane in SoCal that sports such speed limitations. 3) Going by the speed limits for mountain cyclists, 15 mph sounds about right. 4) It’s Burbank, so yeah. And K9s. Or radar-equipped K9s. 5) Yeah, 8 mph — and ticket any slow pedestrian for impeding the flow of bikeway traffic! 6) Only if the radar-equipped K9s can’t catch ’em.

  3. This idea is just lame

    1. Should bikeways be off-limits to bikes?
    Well if thats the case then pedestrians should be off limits on sidewalks.

    2. Should there be posted speed limits?
    Yes, but the speed limit should be about 25mph, anything less will limit peoples ability to use these route to commute by bike.

    3. What should that speed limit be?
    as I said 25mph

    4. Will there be use of radar technology to enforce said speed limit?
    I think they need of of those “this is your speed” signs that show how fast your going. I love to see how fast I can sprint when I see those on the road

    5. What about minimum speeds?
    YES, No stopping on the path, if your going to stop get off the path. Also no riding, walking, skating, skipping more then 2 up, there is just not enough room.

    6. Will dogs and squirrels be exempt?
    can’t stop the squirrels, but dogs should be kept to the outside of the path (on the grass/dirt) and no 50 feet leashes, 6ft leash only.

    I think people just need to start to think, don’t ride or walk 4up, when you come to a junction slow down and look for others, look over your shoulder when passing somebody. I also don’t there is anyway to convince Burbank PD to go and watch the 3 mile bike path for speeders.

  4. #1 cracked me up, if bikes can’t be on a bikeway what the hell are they gonna do?

    Personally I think Bikeways need to be reserved for just that.

  5. Just to clarify for all who are WTF’ing about her being on the Chandler Bikeway: pedestrians are allowed. In fact there is a line of demarkation separating the foot path from the bike path.

    More info: http://www.chandlerparkburbank.org/chandler_bikeway.html

    PS. What’s interesting in the lead photo on the above linked page is that in the background it seems like two pedestrians (or a walker and a companion on a push scooter) are clearly ignoring the boundary.

  6. OH no! you mean bikes are in the BIKE LANE disturbing the walkers!? Who would’ve though that folks on BIKES would use a BIKE LANE!?

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