Speed Bumps: The Silent Heroes Slowing Us Down to Keep Us Safe

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Speed Bumps

Explore the crucial role of speed bumps in reducing accidents and enhancing road safety in pedestrian zones.

An asphalt speed bump, also called a traffic calming device, is a rounded raised area extending across the width of a roadway. Its primary purpose is to slow down the speed of vehicles traveling on the road by requiring them to drive over these bumps. Speed bumps act as a physical impediment that forces drivers to reduce their speed to avoid an uncomfortable jolt as their vehicles pass over them. This helps improve safety for all road users, especially pedestrians.

TYPES OF SPEED BUMPS:

Asphalt speed bumps come in different shapes, sizes, and designs to serve various purposes. Here are some of the most common types:

Speed Humps

  • Wide and gentle raised areas meant for low speed areas like parking lots or residential streets
  • Allow cars to pass over at 15-25 mph without causing discomfort
  • Typically 12-14 feet long and 3-4 inches high

Speed Tables

  • Long raised sections with a flat top that allow cars to pass at higher speeds than humps
  • Typically 22 feet long with a 10 foot flat section in the middle and 6-7 inch raised sections on the edges
  • Allow speeds of 25-35 mph depending on length and height

Rumble Strips

  • Consist of raised bumps or grooves on the roadway surface which cause vibration and noise when driven over
  • Alert drivers to reduce speeds before hazards like intersections or tight curves

Benefits of Speed Bumps:

Asphalt Speed bumps provide a number of important benefits for pedestrian safety and traffic control when installed properly. Some key benefits include:

  • Improved safety and accident reduction: By forcing vehicles to slow down, speed bumps give motorists more time to react to their surroundings. This allows them to spot pedestrians, cyclists, and other hazards sooner and reduce the likelihood of accidents. Studies have shown speed bumps can reduce traffic accidents by 10-50% in areas where they are installed.
  • Reduced vehicle speeds: Speed bumps act as physical enforcement to make drivers slow down to posted speed limits. They help ensure motorists obey local speed regulations, especially around areas with high foot traffic. This is critical to protect vulnerable pedestrians.
  • Better traffic calming and flow control: In addition to just slowing vehicles down, speed bumps can have broader impacts on overall traffic patterns in an area. They help prevent speeding on residential streets, discourage through traffic on certain roads, and provide greater order to the flow of vehicles. This also improves walkability in neighborhoods.
  • Increased pedestrian safety: With reduced vehicle speeds and improved traffic calming, speed bumps allow pedestrians to cross streets more safely. They make walking in areas with mixed vehicle and foot traffic less dangerous. Speed bumps are especially beneficial in areas near schools, parks, community centers and other areas with high pedestrian volumes.

Overall, asphalt speed bumps are an important physical traffic calming measure with proven benefits for improving safety, reducing accidents, and controlling speeds when properly installed and maintained. They provide vital protections for pedestrians and communities.

Optimal Placement of Speed Bumps:

Knowing the optimal locations to install asphalt speed bumps is key to ensuring they are effective at reducing vehicle speeds and improving pedestrian safety. Careful placement allows speed bumps to accomplish their traffic calming goals while minimizing negative impacts on regular traffic flow.

Some of the best places to position speed bumps include:

  • In front of schools, parks, community centers and other areas with high pedestrian traffic. Speed bumps help protect children and pedestrians in locations where they are frequently crossing streets on foot.
  • At intersections and crosswalks. Strategically placed bumps encourage drivers to slow down instead of rolling through stop signs or crosswalks. They allow pedestrians to cross safely.
  • On the approaches to tight turns or curves in the road. Bumps help limit speeds before motorists enter areas where extra caution is needed.
  • Near commercial driveways and parking lot entrances. Reducing speeds at entries and exits improves safety for both pedestrians and motorists.
  • On narrow residential streets and in neighborhoods with reduced speed limits. Bumps reinforce lower speed limits and calm traffic.
  • On steep hills where vehicles are likely to gain momentum and speed downhill. Speed bumps provide necessary speed control.
  • Just past common radar gun setup spots. This placement prevents drivers from resuming high speeds immediately after passing police monitoring areas.

Avoiding placement right at stop signs or traffic lights is recommended, as this can unnecessarily slow traffic that is already coming to a halt. Proper speed bump positioning takes into account lines of sight, drainage needs, and existing road and traffic patterns to maximize the safety benefits.

Conclusion:

Asphalt peed bumps are an essential tool for traffic calming and pedestrian safety. The benefits of speed bumps are numerous. They effectively slow down vehicles to safer speeds, reducing risk of accidents. In areas with high foot traffic such as schools, speed bumps are vital for protecting pedestrians. Optimal placement of speed bumps is important, usually on the approach to crosswalks, turns, and entrance/exits.

While speed bumps can pose some drawbacks like noise and potential vehicle damage if driven over recklessly, these are outweighed by the safety benefits for pedestrians. Proper design, signage, and reasonable speed over the bumps can mitigate these downsides. Overall, speed bumps are a cost-effective and proven method for reducing vehicle speeds and promoting pedestrian safety. Their judicious use makes roads safer for all users.

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