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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Ask Annette

Q: Is there a speed limit for bicycling?

A: Good question.  Speed, whether in a car or on a bike, is important to know.  As for on our campus, surprisingly, we have a speed limit for bikes.  In the core of campus and on all bike paths it is 15 MPH.  In parking lots the speed limit is 10 MPH.  Now, you are probably wondering, how would anyone know how fast you were going?  Easy.  We can “pace” you or use our radar/lidar technology.  Now you wonder, what is pacing?  Well, this is when one vehicle, ours, drives exactly in sync with you on your bike … the speedometer in the vehicle will then show how fast the vehicle is going, and thus, how fast the bike is traveling.  As for the radar/lidar technology … well, this is a tool all police agencies utilize to record one’s speed.  I’m sure you’ve all seen one.  Though, there is a very easy way to tell if you’re going beyond the speed limit … are you standing up and continually pedaling?  If so, you are more than likely going above the speed limit.  Here’s even a better test … did you just pass a moving (police) car?  Remember whether you are driving a car or pedaling a bicycle, you are responsible for not only your safety, but for those around you.  So, ease off the pedals and coast awhile.  For more information, go to the TAPS website and review the Traffic and Parking Code, Section 8.04-Excessive Speed.

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