Golden Gate Bridge Gets Bicycle Speed Sensors

Bridge authority says the sensors are not a sign of a new speed limit.

By Sajid Farooq
|  Friday, Feb 3, 2012  |  Updated 1:26 PM PDT
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Golden Gate Bridge Gets Bicycle Speed Sensors

Golden Gate District

Bicycle riders will have to mind their speed when crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.

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The Golden Gate Bridge now has digital sensors to inform bicyclists how fast they are going on the sidewalks.

But the Golden Gate District, who manages the iconic bridge, says the sensors are not part of a plan to eventually introduce a speed limit on the span.

The first sensor was added to the west sidewalk at the end of December and a second one is coming to the east sidewalk within a few weeks.

Last year the bridge discussed a proposal to impose a 10 miles per hour speed limit on the bridge and to fine violators a $225.

But the measure was curbed after backlash from riders.

The new sensors resemble any speed detector seen on major roadways across the Bay Area. It tracks the riders speed and flashes it in digital numbers on the screen

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