I just read MikeRider's post regarding radar on trail 85 on the rail bed. It made me start thinking about the Provincial speed limit of 70 kmh (42 mph).
I understand the Police want to keep everyone safe. I'm all for safety too but radar on the rail bed? In town, busy areas where there are a number of road crossings, where there may be pedestrians that also use the trail, high traffic areas, etc. These are places that an accident has the potential of hurting someone else. I'm in favor of keeping the speed down in areas like this.
The way sleds have improved over the years as far as handling, starting and stopping is far superior to what we rode 20 or 30 years ago. The way trails have been opened up so visibility is better, the signage is better and grooming is fantastic brings into question the practicality of an overall Provincial speed limit of 70 kmh. Maybe the Provincial speed limit of 70 kmh should be revisited and reassessed. Trails that are on rail beds, rivers, lakes and the such are much safer than the trails that are barely wide enough to allow two sleds to pass each other twisting thru the trees and yet many of these twisty trails aren't posted with a lower speed limit so their limit is the same as a rail bed.
The speed limit was determined many years ago when the Provincial trail system was in its infancy and had an entirely different look to it. In yesteryear, the trails were narrow and twisty. When you did have a straight away, it would be so bumpy you still couldn't go very fast. The old sled suspensions also limited your speed because they didn't have the travel or sophistication that the new sleds have. Back then, 60 mph was flying. You were holding on so you wouldn't lose control. Now a days, 60 mph on these super trails is just cruising along and not hardly feeling a bump. Imagine what it would be like in your truck on the interstate with a speed limit of 45 mph because that is what the speed limit was on the secondary roads before the interstate system.
What do you think? Please post if you would like.
Just our 2¢.
Jack & Sandi