An excerpt from the Bee editorial.
“The American River Parkway is one of the region’s treasures, to be shared and enjoyed safely by joggers, families and people walking their dogs, as well as recreational and hard-core cyclists.
“But all is not well on the parkway.
“You can see that with the visceral reaction, pro and con, to Sacramento County’s plans to more consistently enforce the bicycle speed limit on the multi-use trail.
“Last Friday, county rangers started warning cyclists exceeding the posted 15-mph speed limit. If the problem persists, rangers will hand out citations. A first violation carries a $50 fine; a second violation within a year will cost $100.
“Regional Parks Chief Park Ranger Stan Lumsden says he’s focusing on public education and hopes no citations will need to be issued at all.
“If and when they are, rangers should show some discretion.
“The biggest problem is on the weekends, when the trail gets the heaviest use and packs of speeding cyclists – practicing the peloton – can endanger walkers, joggers and other cyclists. Citations are appropriate in such situations, but perhaps not on a weekday afternoon when a cyclist or two is slightly over the speed limit.”