Slow down, Hot Rod, or you'll be out $100 for your first ticket.
Bike riders, beware: Denver isn't kidding around. If you're taking to the city's parks and bike paths for a jaunt around town, you'll need to keep it at a safe pace, or face the consequences.
The speed limit in parks and bike paths is 15 mph, and rangers are using radar to catch the lawbreaking cyclists, as well as escooter and ebike riders. They say that they frequently clock people going well over that limit, and they are cracking down for everyone's safety.
How serious are they? You might get a warning on your first offense, but if you get a ticket, it will cost you $100. Every subsequent ticket will get more expensive, and if you persist in riding your own personal time trials on the paths, you could end up being permanently banned from parks.
So, how do you keep yourself in the acceptable range? Denver Park Rangers suggest getting a speedometer to help you track your speed. Luckily, there are tons of highly rated apps out there that you can download on your phone – you can just search "bike speedometer" in your favorite app store, and you'll get a list of free and for-purchase apps. You can also buy a speedometer to put on your bike, available at bike shops and most sporting goods stores.
Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) recently allowed e-vehicles on Denver trails and park facilities for a trial period (from April 15-October 15). Don't forget, this speed-limit enforcement, and all other rules bicyclists must follow, also pertains to escooters and ebikes, so you have to be very mindful, as some of them have some serious get up and go.
If you want to see the official rules that cyclists and e-vehicle operators must follow, you check out DPR's rules and ordinances regarding trails.
What do you think about the speeding enforcement in parks and bike paths? Let us know in the comments.