One of the measures needed to stop the thugs in cars is to change Wapping’s roads so it is not possible to drive at excess speed.
The technical term for this is ‘traffic calming’. We tend to talk about ‘speed bumps’ but, as any traffic calming geek will tell you, there is a lot more to traffic calming than just speed bumps.
One approach to traffic calming is narrowing which is, you guessed it, simply making parts of the road narrower and so reduce vehicle speed that way. Traffic lanes can be narrowed (although probably not in Wapping), curbs extended and pedestrian refuges built in the middle of the road (again not in Wapping).
The approach that would seem most appropriate for Wapping is vertical deflection, making a bit of the road higher so it makes it really uncomfortable to drive a high speed.
Bumps, humps, cushions and tables
Vertical deflection measure can include any of the following:
- Speed bumps, sometimes split or offset in the middle to avoid delaying emergency vehicles
- Speed humps, parabolic devices that are less aggressive than speed bumps.
- Speed cushions, two or three small speed humps sitting in a line across the road that slow cars down but allows wider emergency vehicles to straddle them so as not to slow emergency response time.
- Speed tables, long flat-topped speed humps that slow cars more gradually than humps
At the moment we have the joke bits of rubber on our roads which are certainly not speed bumps, might be speed humps and could also be cushions.
Whatever they are they do not work. Anyone driving at speed just positions their vehicles so that they can zoom over the rubber things at whatever speed they want.
Outside John Orwell Sports Centre there is a speed table combined with a chicane, both of which are designed to slow vehicles down.
As with the rubber things this does not work. LW has watched as thugs in cars accelerate towards the chicane to ensure they get their vehicle airborne.