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On the street...

it's the posted speed limit for the road you are on. You can get a ticket for speeding if you exceed the posted limit just like any other vehicle. You also must obey all traffic signals and signs. For bike path, if none are posted, check local ordinaces. Some communities regulate bike path speed, some do not. Usually if bike path speed is regulated it is also posted, but you never know. Ethically you do have to take into consideration the safety of other users even if there is no regulation. It ain't cool to come zooming around a corner and take out some Granny out for a spin, or a kid on a 20" that ain't paying attention. Basically, don't be a dick and endanger other users. On a busy path I'll usually just go with the flow. If the path is empty then hammer away. But just keep in mind that if you're zoomin' and cream somebody YOU'RE ressonsible.

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To add to what squash said...
In regard to passing, if you're in a bike lane, path, anything designated as a non-motorized vehicle path... its a good thing to make others aware of you before you pass them. in northern VA, we have a rails to trails path called the W&OD (washington and old dominion rail line). the rules of this trail state you must call out your passes, ie: "passing on your left!" if you are with multiple riders, the lead rider may say "three on your left!"... point is to let others know of your existance and your desire to pass.
 
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