How Would You Redesign Speed Bumps?

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

The nice people at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have called on local authorities to introduce new measures to help reduce air pollution. Its recommendations include the introduction of:

  • More 20mph limits in congested residential areas
  • Engine idling restrictions for short stops
  • More electric car charging points in residential areas

However, it also wants speed bumps to be redesigned in order to prevent cars from speeding up and slowing down between them.

A ‘ghost roundabout’, like the one many saw and mocked last month, might not be the answer. The cobbled brick circle is designed to confuse drivers into slowing down, but -- as some of you readers pointed out -- it probably wouldn’t have much of a lifespan, as it would almost certainly confuse the hell out of autonomous cars once they eventually hit UK roads.

The drivers interacting with it on a daily basis would no doubt also get used to it pretty sharpish, and it may even affect the way they approach real roundabouts. Dangerous.

So, with the fear of getting burned, we want to know how you would tackle the issue. By turning all roads into one giant speed bump? Covering residential streets in super glue? Getting Oompa-Loompas to drag cars back with ropes?

Suggestions below please. [BBC]