Auto Express wrote:Bumps face up to a flat future
Speed humps are set to be bumped off Scotland's roads under new plans. Officials at the Scottish Executive have deemed the traffic-calming devices too ugly for the nation's roads, and are advising planners to create 20mph speed limits in residential areas instead. The bumps have long been criticised by the emergency services and motorists, who say they damage vehicles.
I'm all in favour of 20 mph speed limits being just that, a limit posted by a roundel, much like in Germany where one finds 30 kph limits. However, I was under the impression that any speed limit under 30 mph had to be self-enforcing, hence the proliferation of speed humps and chicanes. Is it possible to create a 20 mph zone without an outbreak of vast quantities of signage and pretty coloured tarmac?
Incidentally, here in Switzerland the approach is just to put ruddy great plant-pots and trees in the middle of the road, stick a couple of reflectors to them and hope for the best.