• Jun 18, 2008
When is a speed bump not a speed bump? When it's a faux traffic calming device merely painted on the road. Philadelphia is trotting out "Drive CarePhilly," a program that simultaneously gets a raspberry for its name and its execution. The aim of the effort is to slow down speeding drivers, and one technique involves a tromp l'oeil ruse to make drivers go "What the heck is that?" and slow down. Philadelphia's traffic manager Charles Denny apparently thinks the plastic material laid down at some intersections looks like a hump in the roadway; whatever you say, chief. While not convincing as a speed bump, the appliques definitely catch attention, and might work briefly until drivers on their regular route get wise. Our low opinion of this boondoggle is shared by sharp-witted Fark commenters, who offer alternate scenarios on this program's success. It's good that they're trying something, though, even if we've added heat instead of light to the discussion. Thanks for the tip, Scott!

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      Mike
      • 6 Years Ago
      In Philadelphia, the major issue is that the traffic lights are either timed by a moron or more likely, never timed at all.

      On most of the major routes (Byberry, Bustleton, Frankford, Callowhill) the lights REWARD speeding. If you do the limit, you get light after light; speed and you'll find stretches where you are rewarded with yellows.

      These speed bumbs will quickly become a joke. Spend the effort to properly time the lights and we won't need to be speeding!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whoever thought of this needs to be fired. First thing I see happening is some blonde bimbo on her cell, putting on her makup, whie changing her kid (oh yeah and driving) sees this, slams on her brakes and causes a whole lot of trouble.

      If people wanted to make it safer, make the driving tests more stringent and test more frequently, take the elderly off the road, and instead of ticketing for speeding, go after the people that really cause problems, such as the slow left lane drivers, people on cell phones, etc etc.
      • 6 Years Ago
      'Traffic Calming' is the work of Satan. We need to be focusing on getting traffic moving quickly and efficiently, not arbitrarily slowing people down. All traffic calming does is aggravate people, increase traffic and waste gas.

      If there's a speeding problem then they need to either revisit the speed limit, address the issue that's causing the problem or step up enforcement.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I see your point, but Traffic Calming is needed. I live in West Hartford, CT and I live on what has become a Cut Thru street for the locals and now large trucks. It's a residential road that was not designed for large trucks and soccer moms in large SUVs driving double the speed limit. I witness it on a regualr basis. Stop signs and any other way of slowing traffic is needed. People are too distracted as it is now in their cars with coffee, make-up, crackberry, cell phone and little johnny in back crying for his sippy cup and fruit loops. I have a 19 month old and we thought we bought a house on a calm street. Now our town is trying to come up with slowing people down. Anything will help. Not sure about 3D pitcograms(sp?) on the street. How about an old fashioned stop sign at intersections? We have 2 on a 1 mile long road and I never see people do the speed limit on the road and there are 3 other intersections. 3 stop signs at the other intersections would do 2 thigns: 1. slow people down because they'll never make it to 3rd gear and 2. eventually they will get sick of having to stop at each intersection, change to the main roads, hence, the traffic has been calmed.

        PLUS... why do you (not you specifically) need to do 60 in a 35mph residential road anyway?
        HW
        • 6 Years Ago
        my friend lives on a 'cut-through' street, and I agree that they should do something to slow the traffic through the neighborhood. what my friend does when he is outside with his kids is set out 3 construction cones, about 3 or 4 feet into the road. it seems to work well! he only leaves them out when his kids are outside because he doesn't want people to catch on to his trick.
        • 6 Years Ago
        We had Traffic Calming in Germany in the 80's. The Lefties got funding for it and then later some other lefties conceded that it wasted fuel and got funding to have them removed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hahaha looks like the excitebike ramps

      http://images35.fotki.com/v1206/photos/5/59052/3695137/excitespeedbumps-vi.jpg
      khitsicker- fark
        • 6 Years Ago
        Duuude! That's awesome! LOL
      Mother Goose
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mr. Johnson,

      Now, now... how sexist of you to ruin your perfectly good comments with sexism--against blondes, too. I'm a blonde, and not only do I hold a law degree, I own, maintain, drive, and from time to time, race ( legally) three Corvettes, and have never caused an accident, never have contributed to an accident, and have, in fact, never had a traffic citation of any kind. Stupidity on the roads comes in all "hair colors" and races.
      I can attest to this, because I celebrated my 42nd birthday as a widow as a result of my husband being killed by a school bus traveling on the wrong side of the road---a man driver, an african american. Obviously, there is no more relevance between his race and his behavior than there is between bad drivers and blondes.
      How misguided of you to suggest otherwise.
      Stupidity comes in ALL hair colors---come to think of it, what color is yours?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yea, sure it'll work. Once. Per driver.
      Jeannie
      • 6 Years Ago
      My question? Whose paying for the paint??
      • 6 Years Ago
      yup someones going to be driving along see one of these slam on the brakes and get rear ended . I hope the hell that person sues the F out of Philly and bankrupts it for this dumbass idea. Ever hear of Radar carts? We got them here and they take a photo of car and your tag and you get a ticket works damn good the Massholes who come inot town help keep my city clean with the ticket revenue.
      cannotbelievethis
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought it was pop-art for the road... doesn't look like a speed bump to me... it looks like flattened bumpers... or something star-trekkian...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like something that will startle drivers and cause accidents.
      Al
      Orrie Froloff
      • 6 Years Ago
      You would think they can be more creative. Here is one. A machine that slyms their car if they speed with green goo!
      • 6 Years Ago
      accidents waiting to happen bigtime.
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