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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristoB50 View Post
    But as plenty of pedal bikers routinely bike above the posted trail limit of 15mph now
    Where is this posted? The only posted limits I have seen are on the CCT in MoCo.

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    I think I saw it listed in one of the few-and-far-between fine-print signs? I'll check on tonight's ride home.
    (Or perhaps I saw it listed in the "rules" from a MVT brochure/map... can't remember now!)

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    I'll try to remember to take a pic of the sign or signs I've seen on the MVT. I'm pretty sure I've seen them but now I want proof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    The only way to settle this is to let me borrow your ebike for a while and see if I can get it up to 28. My memory of riding a class 3 was that thereís a diminishing assistance curve so getting it up to 28 requires a lot of effort.
    Judd, you're welcome to take a spin any time!
    I didn't mean to imply I can't get the bike up to 28 -- I meant, I choose never to do so on my trail rides, as it isn't responsible MUT riding - and particularly on the oft-congested MVT.
    And, I hate the far more rapid battery drain that comes with maintaining any higher (assisted) speeds. I don't want to charge my battery daily / after every ride... I want fewer full-charge cycles, to help extend its life. I tend to aim for 80 - 120 accumulated miles per charge cycle, which only happens on this ebike by staying in the lowest assist level (and mixing in stretches with assist off.)

    In the max assist setting I could get to 28 (say, on a nice long, clear flat run), and then continuously stay pedaling to maintain it... (Never attempted to see how long I could keep that up, however.) But I'd also devour the battery charge in record time! And there just aren't enough long, flat, open stretches where I'd feel comfortable doing that in practice. (I can't remember the last time I even put the bike in the max assist setting... probably a few times, to see what it was like, ~16 months ago.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    Where is this posted? The only posted limits I have seen are on the CCT in MoCo.
    There are at least two of them south of Belle Haven. There is also a 15 MPH sign included in the signs the FOTMVT have been deploying along the trail.

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    Last edited by CaseyKane50; 09-17-2019 at 03:48 PM. Reason: Found the speed limit sign

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    Where is this posted? The only posted limits I have seen are on the CCT in MoCo.

    There are two places that I can think of, both south of Alexandria.

    There is also a sign hidden in the woods that has the trail speed limit.

    Some of the trail kiosks now have trail rules posted which indicate 15 mph.

    One of the etiquette yard signs that the FOMVT has posted on the trail also indicates a 15 mph speed limit.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    There are two places that I can think of, both south of Alexandria.

    There is also a sign hidden in the woods that has the trail speed limit.

    Some of the trail kiosks now have trail rules posted which indicate 15 mph.

    One of the etiquette yard signs that the FOMVT has posted on the trail also indicates a 15 mph speed limit.




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    Is this the hidden sign you're referencing (just south of Gravelly Point) or are there more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LhasaCM View Post
    Is this the hidden sign you're referencing (just south of Gravelly Point) or are there more?

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    Thatís it! Tucked away in the woods as all good signs are.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    There are two places that I can think of, both south of Alexandria.
    I believe this is also in the NPS regs on the GW Parkway. But I don't have time to look that up today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    I believe this is also in the NPS regs on the GW Parkway. But I don't have time to look that up today.
    It is also included in Section 4.30 of the GWMP Compendium which contains all of the Parkís rules related to bicycle use: https://www.nps.gov/gwmp/learn/manag...endium-508.pdf


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