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Rumble strips are a pain in the backside


Can we appeal to engineers to think carefully about cyclists when designing new traffic calming features. The new rumble strips illustrated in last week's NCE are typical of the kerb to kerb hazards that keep popping up around our roads.

For a driver, with wide tyres and pneumatic suspension, they produce an irritating buzz.

Cycle commuters on the other hand get their backsides battered and the contents of their panniers re-arranged.

The purpose of traffic calming is usually to create a more people friendly environment, more attractive to walking, cycling and other benign forms of transport. It is depressing to see new features having exactly the opposite effect.

In this case, as with most, a little forethought could have avoided the problem - a 1.5m clear strip along either kerb allows cyclists to avoid the bumps, while drivers have to pass over them with at least one wheel.

So please, allow cyclists to bypass the lumps, bumps and chicanes. Make sure that they are well signed and well lit, and above all, THINK BIKE.

Alasdair Massie, former CTC local representative, alasdair_massie@LineOne. net

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