Cyclists on one of North Americas most famous motorcycle paths have more to worry about than flat tires and stole series: Radar gun-wielding rangers on Northern Californias Mount Tamalpais will soon begin enforcing a strict 15 -mile-per-hour speed limit.
The picturesque preserve in Marin County, only northward of San Francisco, is received by many as the birthplace of mountain biking, with a labyrinth of gale routes that take cyclists through forests, atop fantastic crests, and down paths at quickens surfacing 30 miles per hour. County parks officials say the speeding bikes could make hikers and horseback riders at risk.
“If trail customers simply consider one another with mutual respect, we could all get on with and have a great time in the woods.”
– Greg Heil, editor-in-chief of Singletracks.com.
We dont have good data covering how often speeding is coming on Open Space Trails and this effort will provide good data covering speeding in our preserves, Max Korten, acting assistant director of Marin County Parks, told FoxNews.com.
The first step is to gauge the problem by equipping rangers with LiDAR, a laser-style speed-tracking engineering, he spoke. For now, they will only question written warnings, but ticket-writing could soon follow. A cite would go on the violators DMV record, and penalties could reach $100.
Cyclists articulate rush limits on bike paths are silly and unnecessary.
Marin County Parks has deemed radar necessary to show concerned defendants, chiefly the paw people that safety on the trials is priority, spoke Vernon Huffman, president of Access4Bikes, a Marin County non-profit arrangement whose mission is the carnival and sensible access to the local roads. But Marin County Parks cant name one single past incident that radar would have prevented.
Korten acknowledged that the roads are relatively safe, but spoke a reasonable rush limit could keep it that way.
We have had a few incidents of conflicts between motorcycle equestrians and pedestrians or equestrians, but those incidents are relatively rare when compared with the high level of use passing on our roads, Korten said.
Mount Tamalpais in the late 1970 s became known as the cradle of mountain biking, providing the grime and swells for some of the countrys top racers. Yet in recent decades, bikers have lamented the rise of legislation and censoring of bikes from the great majority of single-track roads in Marin County.
If trail customers simply consider one another with mutual respect, we could all get on with and have a great time in the lumbers, spoke Greg Heil, editor-in-chief of the website Singletracks.com. “Theres” thousands of miles of multi-use roads across the country where mountain bikers peacefully co-exist with others. Less than one percent of these roads have a posted rush restraint, much less rangers with radar artilleries enforcing them.
What I do see from this unfortunate waste of taxpayer dollars is that Marin continues to cement itself as one of the least mountain bike friendly points in the commonwealth, he added.
Chris Edwards, writer of DownsizingGovernment.org and technical experts at the public policy-centered Cato Institute, agrees with setting rush captures for cyclists is a classic example of local government overreach.
Park business are always deploring that they have a shortage of financing, but the Marin County effort to prevent mountain bikers from having fun shows that it has money to burn, he said.
Marin County has implemented rush restraint implementation on paved motorcycle paths since 2015 and claims that this effort combined with a signage and education initiative lead to a significant reduction of rush. Sheriffs representatives in the area reportedly have issued more than 60 cites and messages. Rangers also patrol popular off-road roads in Californias East Bay and other areas in the government are known for their ranger presence.
Through our superhighway and trail control plan we are considering proposals to open new roads to mountain bike its utilization and want to have a tool to address safety concerns from hikers and equestrians regarding the potential motorcycle expend on these roads, Korten spoke. We hope that bicycle expend is not dissuaded by this effort, but that everything of our guests including those on bicycles will be more likely to visit our preserves knowing that other customers will conduct themselves in a safe manner.
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