LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The speed limit for snowmobiles should be lowered
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The DNR does not want to relocate the Paul Bunyan Trail for approximately one mile for snowmobiles (from the DoubleTree hotel to just east of South Shore Villas), so I asked about the speed that snowmobiles are allowed in that area.
To my amazement, I found that the speed limit was 50 mph for snowmobiles. For cars to drive in a populated area the speed limit is 30 to 35 mph. The trail is also used for families to walk in the winter. I would not want to face a snowmobile coming at me at speeds of more than 50 mph.
It seems that the trail masters at the Department of Natural Resources have very little concern for the families of Bemidji that enjoy the outdoors in ways other than snowmobiling.
I would propose that the DNR immediately change the speed limit for snowmobiles in the populated area (DoubleTree hotel to just east of South Shore Villas) to a maximum of 30 mph.
It seems safety for families should prevail over speed. If you are interested in a change, let your representative and the DNR hear from you.
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