Cyril Haearn wrote:Recommended only? May one go faster? I should keep inside the maximum
Seems crazy, if true, that maximum speed limits do not apply to cyclists
Why would it seem crazy?
The damage done by a cyclist is negligible compared with the driver of a tonne or more of metal who can trivially exceed the speed limit by a factor of 2 or more.
The cyclist also has an awareness of that risk that isn't possible when one is safely cocooned inside a modern vehicle.
Speet limits explicitly only apply to *motor* vehicles, which excludes pedal cycles, and e-bikes which are actually e-bikes rather than electric mopeds.
The sign here isn't even a limit - and who is advised to slow to 25? An articulated lorry, a tractor with a full trailer of hay bales? A motorcyclist, a Ferrari, a Mini Cooper... Under what weather conditions is 25 a suitable speed?
There is almost no point to them - I used to come round a slip road between motorways (no way on or off, the leftmost lane of one motorway took 270 degrees around the slip road and becomes the left lane of another) at 70, despite the "40" warning signs. The visibility was good and the curve not all that steep. I followed a colleague round there in his WRX (he actually did rally it at the weekends, although this was when it was very new) and we entered the slip road line astern.... He then accelerated... by the time I (at 70) had got round the 270 degree bend... I couldn't see him up road any more...
That 40 is, and always was, ridiculous. OTOH in the rain 40 might be absurdly fast.