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Speed Humps: The What, Where, and How

Speed Humps: The What, Where, and How

A significant part of road safety is accounting for areas that involve a lot of high traffic. What’s more, road authorities need to take special care where pedestrians and residents are most prevalent. Outdoor shopping centers, education properties, and suburban neighborhoods are several such areas. One of the best ways to ensure smooth and safe traffic between vehicles and pedestrians is to slow vehicle traffic. Could speed humps be the answer for your local road or parking lot?

Speed Hump Basics

Speed humps and speed bumps are similar traffic-slowing structures, but speed humps are notably different. Instead of having a narrow, abrupt arc, they offer a more gradual passage while still slowing vehicles down to 15-20 miles an hour. Instead of giving drivers a “bump,” they offer a hump to get over instead. The result is a reduction of traffic speed that lasts long-term; while newly installed stop signs may lose their effect over time, a speed hump will always slow drivers down. 

Where Should They Be Used?

This technology should be used to reduce speed where other strategies may fail and where pedestrian safety is paramount. They should only be located on local roads or lanes where drivers are more likely to go fast. On the other hand, they should not be on slopes, sharp-angled lanes, culs-de-sac, collector roads, or arterial roads. They should also stay away from intersections, driveways, and storm drains.

Speed Hump Planning

Usually, more than one speed hump is used to slow traffic on a particular lane or road. On small lanes, they might be spaced 65-100 yards apart, while they might be 150-250 yards apart on small roadways. Teniseal/Parking Striping Corporation also offers the appropriate thermoplastic striping and markings for speed humps. The thermoplastic paint they use is the ideal product for creating long-lasting, reflective road striping. If the roadway also needs striping or marking, Teniseal can also perform these jobs, too. 

Speed humps will span either across an entire two-way street or be staggered on each lane. To aid emergency vehicles, some speed humps will have ruts suited to these vehicles so that they can pass through unimpeded. 

These structures may be made from concrete, asphalt, rubber, or plastic. If you’re looking for recommendations on which material is right for your applications, contact Teniseal Corporation!

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