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Old 09-20-06, 02:24 PM   #1
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didn't see that coming

Rubber mat speedbump! Slippery when wet!
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Old 09-20-06, 02:44 PM   #2
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Old 09-20-06, 02:46 PM   #3
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2 wheels, 2 knees, 1 elbow. Ow. On the bright side, bike was almost completely unscathed (needed to reorient handlebars and saddle, but wheels, brakes, drivetrain aok).
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Old 09-20-06, 02:57 PM   #4
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Old 09-20-06, 03:05 PM   #5
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at the end of a long driveway leading to a parking lot. Fortunately no traffic. Then again, that means less excuse for not watching the road more closely.
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Old 09-20-06, 03:07 PM   #6
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They put a couple of those on a major bike route around here, I've been wondering how slippery they'll get in the wet. Sorry you had to find out the hard way. I also see that the rubber "ramp" on the leading edges are curling up, that could get nasty too.
Maybe its time to send a few advocacy e-mails, just got to work out which council as this road forms a municipal boudary.
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Old 09-20-06, 03:18 PM   #7
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They put a couple of those on a major bike route around here, I've been wondering how slippery they'll get in the wet. Sorry you had to find out the hard way. I also see that the rubber "ramp" on the leading edges are curling up, that could get nasty too.
Maybe its time to send a few advocacy e-mails, just got to work out which council as this road forms a municipal boudary.
Good luck figuring out who to discuss it with. Mine didn't actually have ramps, the pad was just an inch thick or so, straight up, kind of a mesa effect. Not sure if they're really speedbumps, but can't think of what else they might be.
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Old 09-20-06, 03:58 PM   #8
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They're actually for sight impaired folks, so they can tell where the sidewalk meets the road. Part of ADA complience. I'm on the BPAC committe in Olympia, and we talked about those at our last meeting.

Edit: I just reread some later post, and maybe it's not the same thing, but the ones in the sidewalks are slippery too.
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As a motorcycle rider, scooterist and bicycle commuter, I've always worried about hitting one of those things when they're wet.
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They're actually for sight impaired folks, so they can tell where the sidewalk meets the road. Part of ADA complience. I'm on the BPAC committe in Olympia, and we talked about those at our last meeting.

Edit: I just reread some later post, and maybe it's not the same thing, but the ones in the sidewalks are slippery too.
These cross the road, I don't think there's any sidewalk. It's at the entry to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge.
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Just for the record, I have since found out that the rubber mats are not intended as speedbumps, they were put down to let tracked construction vehicles cross the pavement w/o destroying it.
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