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From: Joe Riel <j...@san.rr.com>
Subject: Re: Signs of progress
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:14:50 -0700
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Phil W Lee <p...@lee-family.me.uk> writes:
> Frank Krygowski <frkrygowREM...@gEEmail.com> considered Sat, 28 Jul
> 2012 11:39:30 -0400 the perfect time to write:
>>> Per Dan O:
>>>> ... from a progressive city:
>>> In the areas I drive, nobody.... that is *NOBODY* drives at the
>>> speed limit.
>>> Ok, occasionally one sees somebody that is either obviously
>>> impaired and/or is driving a defective vehicle... but that's 1 on
>>> a thousand.
>>> The slowest drivers are holding 5 mph over the posted limit.
>>> That being the case, it seems to me like what they really want
>>> there is 15 mph limits.
>>Seems to me that speed limit signs wouldn't work as well as traffic
>>calming devices like, say, speed humps. As discussed around here in
>>years past, they seem to work in a couple residential neighborhoods
>>around here that used to suffer from fast cut-through traffic. And I saw
>>quite a few similar things recently in France. They didn't cause me any
>>grief while cycling.
>>Anybody here with more experience with them?
> Humps and chicanes lead to drivers swerving around endangering more
> vulnerable road users.
> Cameras (particularly the average speed variety) are better by far,
> and are quickly paid for by voluntary contribution :)
Why swerve for a speed bump? The ones I've seen go completely across
the road; anything else would ludicrous. They do seem more effective
than a sign/fine for reducing the effective speed limit, however, I'm
not wild about them. There were a few on a commute I cycled for a few
years and riding over them was a minor nuisance. I might appreciate
them more if I lived near one.