In Virginia, R-Braddock District Transportation Supervisor John Cook says "I don't believe a bicycle is a transportation device. I think it's a recreation device. The big problem is people don't want to ride their bike in the rain or get sweaty before work." (Washington Examiner, Feb 21 2010) I think that it is good to know what kinds of attitudes we are up against.
Trail speeds in Calgary won't be increased. (all from Feb 22 2010)
Increase biking options, not path speeds: Alderman
Bike speed review nixed (Calgary Sun)
Calgary bike path speed limit stands (CHRQ)
Calgary council rejects faster speed limit on city bike paths (Calgary Herald)
Pathway bike speed limits stay same (CBC)
Vancouver found that "If we give people the quality choices, if we re-allocate road space in the right places to give it over to pedestrians and cyclists and give transit priority like they have in Olympic lanes, then people are willing to get out of their cars," said Bracewell on CKNW's Bill Good Show. "So there's a lot that we're going to be learning from the Olympic Games." (CKNW(AM980), Feb 22 2010) This is exactly what transit, pedestrian, and cycling advocates have said for years!