Speed Bumps in Bangalore

The idea of a “speed bump” across a busy road is acutally a praiseworthy one; it aims to cut down the speed of the motorists, so that others using the road, and pedestrians crossing the road, are protected. But in Bangalore, I find that speed bumps actually defeat the purpose that they are erected for.

In the first place, every bump constructed MUST be painted clearly with whilte or yellow stripes so that motorists can see them and slow down in time. This is even more important for two-wheeler users. A bump which is not seen in time is a major traffic hazard by itself. It can use spinal injuries in the unwary motorists…and result in loss of balance and accidents in two-wheeler drivers. So, instead of helping to solve the traffic problems, unpainted humps actually add to the dangers of the road.

Secondly, humps should be constructed according to a scientific design and not to any random height and width. I have recently seen some humps coming up in Bangalore which are nothing more than a line of bricks tarred over, or are so high that they scrape the axles and petrol tanks of cars which go over them.

And painting the speed bumps just once is not enough; they have to be painted regularly as traffic and tyres wear the paint away. In fact, there ought to be road signs indicating that a speed bump or a rumble strip is coming up. This will enablle users of the road to slow down …which is the actual reason why the bumps are put there.

And if the road is full of deep potholes and cracks in the surface…well, the speed bumps just add to the nazards…

I have written to the City Traffic Police in this regard several times…I suspect that my letters go to the raddiwalah and one day, when I buy a packet of peanuts from a roadside vendor, I may find them wrapped in one of my letters! ;-)

3 Comments so far

  1. M O H A N (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

    Well there are many folks who have given up their lives for not seeing this crude speed brakers and who cares!

    Just last month I got into one speed breaker at 30KMP in 4 wheeler – the result – damage worth 2300 Rupees!!! Thank god i was spared.

    The issue is a catch 22 situation types. Initially the road is laid fresh and motorists of all hues and colours speed – till they over run or kill somebody. Then local people or police just put up crude cement or concrete bumps at that spots ( normally it take 2 or 3 lives ).

    So then instead of killing the pedestrian now, the occassional motor rider ( 2 or 3 or 4 wheeler) pays throug life or limb.


  2. silkboard (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 4:47 pm

    Very valid concern Deepa. They don’t follow the norms and standards.

    They recently recognized speed bumps as the topmost cause of road accidents (some newspaper report couple of weeks ago). I have heard they are working on painting and standardizing (IRC) speed bumps on major roads (not all).

    Mohan, you put that so well. I am seeing your story play at a spot on Varthur road (close to Kundalahalli gate) over last 3-4 months!

    Sad that it takes sacrifices to get things right. As Indiamusing says, we should be filing “attempt to murder” PILs for things like these.


  3. Chandan V (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 9:24 pm

    Wait till u see speed bumps near my place at konankunte near kanakapura road. It seems that the the authorities here are physicists and are trying to convey the logic of antimatter. To prove that they are are better at controlling vehicle speed than any where else, they have this innovative “INVERTED SPEED BUMPS” peppered across the roads. In between if any one has plans to practice cross country rallying, you are most welcome to hone your skills here.



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