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Comments: Golden Gate Bridge Bicycle Speed Limit

| April 26, 2011
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Last week a Golden Gate Bridge board committee tabled consideration of the imposition of bicycle speed limits on the span, due to complaints by bicycle advocates that they hadn’t been consulted.

On KQED radio, today’s Forum dealt with the issue. Here are comments from the Forum page, and below from our Facebook page:

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  • Jeff Godoy

    This presents an interesting argument. If you were to ride a bike down Market Street on the sidewalk or go flying up the Embarcadero on the sidewalk it would be illegal. However, because this is a bridge, safety and sanity are tossed out the window. You can’t ride a skateboard on the bridge sidewalk, why a bike?

    The cyclists expect the pedestrians to watch out for them. If they hit one, it is the pedestrian’s fault. However, they scream bloody murder (sometimes quite literally) if a car hits a bike and the driver says the bike wasn’t paying attention.

    Having bikes and people walking on ANY sidewalk is just plain dangerous. People are walking with strollers, looking at the view etc. These people need to be considered and protected. Just like a non-smoker, is protected from smoke, this is a safety issue.

    A better solution than a speed limit would be to use one side of the bridge for pedestrians only and one side for bicycles only. This would allow the cyclists to go as fast as they want and the tourists (remember where SF makes its money) can look out at the water and views safely while talking.

    The other possibility would be to put a bike lane on each side of the bridge on the far right side of the roadway. THis would allow all those complaining to ride as fast as they can or want. They would just need to watch out for cars, using their point of view.