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    sunken rumble strip in Whittier

    If you ride Colima in Whittier, what do you think of the sunken rumble strips added in Spring 2013? This is a safety feature
    to let the driver know (from noise) that they are drifting to the right. It seems that they are carved from the asphalt and
    are sunk down into the road.

    On the ascent they don't bother me, but on the descent they are a hazard if you hit them at full speed. Moreover
    on close examination, the pavement was cracked (regular, repeat pattern) when they were cut. The crack now extends across
    the bike lane and is a major distraction, worse as speed increases.

    If you google City of whittier, rumble strip, you will find that the city passed funds to make these and got matching Federal funds.
    The total price was about $30k. At least they tried to spend money for safety and tried an innovative solution, but over all it was
    a fail.


    Picture was taken at dusk on July 5, 2013 while riding back from Industry Hills to Long Beach. Lots of fun crossing the I-5 construction zone and the Carmenita bridge at 9PM.

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    Last edited by marquhar; 08-06-13 at 11:14 PM.

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    Ran into those (literally!) a couple of Sundays ago on the way back from a Turnbull Canyon ride with my Long Beach-based club. A few of the riders in the group (including me) hit those on the decent, and were very unpleasantly surprised. The worst part is that the rumble strips are painted black! At least the city of Whittier could have painted those yellow for greater visibilty--and the safety of us bicycle riders.

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    I finally rode this stretch again, and I like them. They're easy to spot during the day because they're painted black, and they'll decrease the danger of motorists wandering right. Stay in the bike lane to avoid them if you're riding at night.

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    I haven't seen that particular stretch, nor seen that done, but after the close-calls with texting drivers with both wheels well inside the bike lane, I'd say it's a good thing.

    They put buzz-ruts on the center lane on Palomar Mountain, and that definitely cooled a lot of afterburners. Some of the motorcyclists were getting awfully casual about crossing the center divide before they put them in.

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    I liked 'em when I first saw them and now I'm not sure... given the amount of debris and crap that accumulates on the shoulder, I USED to ride in that intermediate white painted zone when necessary. Not so much anymore. They're really not that big of a deal if you're riding solo I guess but they do remove some of the road for my personal cycling use.

    As bad as the drivers are around here, I guess it's overall a net positive. Mostly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    As bad as the drivers are around here, I guess it's overall a net positive. Mostly.
    I would agree, net positive, and I've ridden over Colima from both sides and there really is plenty of room for bikes (single file of course) along there. I have crossed over them when getting ready to turn left onto Camino Del Sur when heading North and not found them to be a big problem.

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