g-boaf wrote:AdelaidePeter wrote:g-boaf wrote:
That's nice, except for people (even commuting/transport bike riders) who ride at 40km/h or more. Where would we go then without having people aiming speed cameras at us.
A higher speed limit road, or a track. People shouldn't be riding over the speed limit on a suburban street.
Perfect. I'll go and drive to those areas then. More cars on the road, counter to what you wanted.
Unlike a lot of other riders, I ride to the start of the rides I want to do, and I do ride near the speed limits on quite a number of the suburban roads I use. The issue isn't speed of the road, it's the way the drivers overtake you. If they give you enough room or wait behind you patiently, then you don't need to worry. That is what we really need, not much lower speed limits.
Maybe 70km/h roads in suburban areas should be 50km/h, but I don't see the need for much lower than that if people drive with care.
If a kid runs out on the street, they can still be hit by a careful driver doing 50. The speed limit matters for pedestrians, even if maybe not for cyclists. Personally I think 40 is good for suburban streets.
But that's not a problem for the cyclist who wants to go over 40. Suburbs are always connected by higher speed limit roads. So you'd only have to do the first km so below 40, before you reach a faster road.