Sorry, I couldn't resist.
14 years ago
Sorry, I couldn't resist.
The things you could do with some decent size die springs!!!
One of my favorite YouTube vids...forklift....
We had the natural equivalent of that about 300 feet south of my house at one time, just a big hump in the roadway that finally got to be about18" over 30-40 feet.
The county got a lot of complaints about it. They got a lot more after they fixed it. :)
It had gotten to be a problem with all those cars sliding sideways down the street and off the road into trees, etc. Oh, well, there's still the railroad crossing warnings for the drivers to ignore.
There used to be a chicane plus dip on one of the roads between Damascus, Oregon and Gresham (I can't remember whether it was Regner or Hogan Rd -- it's been a while). The road dropped several feet and doglegged over by a lane's worth. Going north it felt like you were taking air if you were going fast enough. You could either go fast and straight and end up in the opposite lane to exit, you could go slow (boring!) or you could wreck your car. That was a spot of road that would slap you if you didn't treat it with the utmost respect.
I went over it fast plenty of times when I was in high school without mishap, but then my Dad ran on plenty of wrecks for drivers who didn't understand the concept of not trying to turn when there's air under your wheels.
The chicane is still there, but they've lengthened it; it's a shadow of it's former self.
There is a double dip by my Vegas house. If you go into the first one too fast, the next one is deeper, and the following hump is higher. There were serious gouges in the second where people's frames and oil pans had grooved the concrete. We had two people crash there after launch, one taking out a fire hydrant and block wall, the other taking out a street light. I heard one hellacious bang one day, a car launching from one into the depths of the other, then being thrown into the air on the subsequent hump. I looked over the fence in time to see a police cruiser that was the offender. The bump is one block from their station house, so figured he musta been new. He had to have one helluva jolt there, and must have smacked his head on the car's ceiling. A week later a second one did it again.
One of the local merchants had their parking area re paved with mega speed bumps. After a couple weeks they developed flat tops when they were milled down to half height. I guess they got tired of having modified junk piles removed when they got hung up. Gerry :-)} London, Canada
"Gerald Miller" wrote
A local anal cranky old fart wanted for the city to put in speed bumps in front of his house. He has owned this property forever, and about ten years ago, they extended the road to a new park and ballfield complex. So, now, he has a lot of people going past his house, all going too fast for his taste, and some really speeding.
He petitioned the city to put speed bumps. They asked for citizen input. I researched it, and notified the city of the findings:
Speed humps (that's what they're called) may not be placed on any street that is the prime route for emergency vehicles in or out of a neighborhood or venue like the park/ball field. Speed humps cannot be placed on a road that has more of a grade than 7%. Speed humps cannot be placed on a road or street that has higher than a certain speed limit. Speed humps cannot be placed on a street where curvature or undulation would cause a hazard. If a jurisdiction installs speed humps on a street or road that receives federal funding, the funding may be denied in the future. If a jurisdiction installs speed humps on a street, then any citizen has the right to require that the same speed bumps be placed on their street. A state traffic study of at least six months must be carried out to justify the number of vehicles that use the road. This cost must be borne by the city.
This fellow, we call him Mr. McGillicuddy, had even altered the street signs to lower the speed limit, and on event nights, he would place those A-framed sandwich boards on a public street telling people to slow down. That backfired when a van went away from the edge of the road to give some pedestrians some leeway, and ran over the sign, doing front end and tire damage, which he had to pay for.
The pedestrians filed a complaint with the city saying that they must now must do a survey to widen the street, install curb and gutters, and put in an ADA compliant sidewalk on both sides of the street, about half a mile.
Needless to say, Mr. McGillicuddy has removed his signage, and has been quiet for a long time now.
But on private property, just about anything goes.
We call 'em "Drunk-Bumps" here.
I used to work at The Las Vegas Hilton. They had sets of two speed bumps that were about five feet wide and six inches tall and about fifteen feet apart. Very tapered, though. But they had them placed, probably on purpose so that if one went over the first one, the front end went up, then the back wheels hit, it caused the car to come down nose first right at the point where the second speed bump was. BAM. This was absolutely disabling to any car that was really flying, and I saw literally hundreds of vehicles towed out of there in a five year span, broken tie rods, collapsed A frames, leaking all manner of fluids, Made a hell of a racket, too. Cabbies were the worst, and I've seen luggage and clothes strewn like a plane crash.
"dead bobbies" in Limeyland.
And at the posted "crawl" cars just float over them without any damage or excitement.
Strictly speaking it's "sleeping policemen"
There is only one location (Trago Mills) that I know of that refers to them as "dead policemen" and that establishment has been a haven of anarchy for four decades to my knowledge...
Mark Rand RTFM
One would assume that the posted speed limits are there for a reason ...................
Liverpudian? housemate in Livingstone always called them dead bobbies.
Very Devon (south west country).
Mark Rand RTFM
co worker from Woking, called them Sleeping Policemen.
That used to be the standard terminology in the UK, before people got all PC. That's why Trago's reference to Dead policemen was slight hyperbole. They were big ramps though...
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