WINNIPEG – If you’re an avid cyclist, keep an eye out for speed limit signs on some of Houston’s popular bike trails. In Terry Hershey and George Bush Park there are now signs posted at ten miles an hour.
Harris County Precinct 3 commissioner Steve Radack posted the signs about a week ago. He says deputy cops make sure people obey the new rule.
“We try to protect all cyclists and pedestrians, that’s why,” he said.
Radack says his office has received around 20 complaints that cyclists ride around people too fast.
“The problem is that we injured people on the route from people accelerating on bicycles,” said Radack.
John McElroy spotted one of the characters during his break from training.
“It didn’t bother me, I thought it was good. I ride my bike here and we go too. It’s good to make sure everyone is safe, ”he said.
But not everyone agrees with the new rates.
“Enforcement should be a last resort,” said Joe Cutrufo, CEO of Bike Houston.
According to Cutrufo, cyclists typically don’t have speedometers on their motorcycles and it’s hard to know how fast you are going.
“Enforcing speed limits in parks of only 10 miles per hour will only discourage cycling in these parks. You will have cyclists, say well, if there will be police there trying to prevent me from driving at a comfortable speed, I will be driving elsewhere, ”he said.
Cutrufo says he’s everything for safety but there has to be something that everyone can agree to.
“I definitely think it’s a good idea to be more careful. But I don’t know if it’s necessary, ”said Danielle Mancha.
Cutrufo adds that he is ready to work with Commissioner Radack or an official to find a better solution for cyclists and pedestrians. Commissioner Radack says he is ready to adjust the speed limit as soon as people comply with the rules.
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