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Police Install Bicycle Radar in Beachwood
Elisa Amigo Fox 8 News
BEACHWOOD, Ohio--- In an effort to improve safety, one local city is cracking down on bicyclists by running radar!
After receiving numerous complaints from walkers and joggers, Beachwood Police installed an automated speed sign along the Beachwood City Park Trail which will show cyclists how fast they are riding. The speed sign, which sits at the edge of Shaker East and Richmond Road, is similar to the type of radar used for cars.
Beachwood Community Services Director Karen Carmen says the goal is for cyclists to travel under 10 mph. Even though police will not issue a citation or a fine, violators may be asked to slow down.
Some joggers who favor the new speed device question whether cyclists will adhere to the rules. "I don't know if anybody will listen, but it's a good idea," said Mark Danaceau.
Cyclist Greg Pites said, "I'm not speeding anyway. If I want to speed, I'm going to get a motorbike."
"It's good. You want to be safe. You don't want people running into each other," said Katherine Burnard.
Beachwood police say two bike accidents have been reported within the past year. In both cases, speed was a factor.