I suggest that Pamela Lang’s recent call in this space for a speed limit on the Chandler Bikeway (“Bikeway needs a speed limit,” Community Commentary, Oct. 15) represents a mistaken understanding of what the bike path is about and what it may do for us all in the longer run.
The bikeway is not a sidewalk, even though it looks like one. It is illegal to ride a bicycle on many city sidewalks in Burbank. Sidewalks are reserved for pedestrians. The bikeway is for bicycles, tricycles, unicycles and other person-powered means of wheeled transit. It is divided into three segments by painted lines: two wheeled-traffic lanes for east- and westbound bikes, etc., and one lane for pedestrians, joggers and walking stroller-pushers. Overhead signs at main entry points indicate traffic lane assignments and flows using pictographs. Faded pavement markings restate the overhead signs. I recall that, at one time, there were signs prohibiting skateboards, but they seem to have vanished (sadly).