Immediate bump used to slow vehicle or HGV traffic. Ranges from 30mm to 75mm high. Causes an immediate bump to encourage drivers to slow down. Driving over a speed bump too fast will result in an uncomfortable drive for drivers. Severe speeding may also damage the car.
A less severe bump is used to slow vehicles to a reasonable speed but keeps traffic flowing. They are generally installed with gaps to allow larger emergency vehicle axles to get around the cushions without hindering response times, typically used in urban settings.
The largest speed bump option from front to back. The "table" style layout provides an excellent traffic calming option for cities or towns. The design provides a very gentle bump which encourages drivers to slow down to reasonable speeds. However, the speed table will allow general traffic to flow, only slowing vehicles on approach to pedestrian crossings. The speed table itself is also often used as a pedestrian crossing for public spaces.
Rumble strips are shorter bumps that provide physical and audible warnings for drivers to slow down. While they are less physically imposing on drivers, they are an excellent means to remind drivers to slow down on the approach to the pedestrian crossings, junctions or entrances. When the drivers feel and hear the plastic safety rumble strip, they will be encouraged to slow their cars considerably. Install the rumble strips alongside regular bumps to reduce speeds before they reach the area.
Kerb ramps are installed against kerbs to provide easier access for cars. Kerb ramps are commonly installed where the kerbs are too high for cars to gain access. The ramps can be used permanently or temporarily as needed.
Cable ramps are used to protect exposed wires and cables on the ground, especially where there may be heavy pedestrian traffic. Most cable ramps come in a loose lay format that allows for instant use on site.
All Speed Bumps
At PITTMAN™ we specialise in modular rubber speed bumps – the favoured choice for traffic calming in Ireland. Speed bumps are just one of the modular rubber traffic calming systems that we offer: others include speed humps, speed cushions, temporary speed bumps and speed tables.
What is the purpose of speed bumps?
Speed bumps are used to slow vehicle traffic. The bump they cause deter drivers from driving over them at high speeds.
A speed cushion or speed table will provide a less severe bump. This will slow traffic considerably but not to a near stop like speed bumps would. This is ideal for urban settings where traffic needs to remain flowing.
How to install speed bumps?
Speed bumps can be bolted directly into the ground for instant traffic calming. Modular speed bumps are very easy to install and are much more cost-effective than concrete speed bumps.
Road bumps deter cars from speeding. The bump causes a car to jolt uncomfortably if driven over too quickly. Use a road bump where there is immediate danger to pedestrians or build up areas.
Why use a modular rubber traffic calming system?
Rubber speed bumps have distinct advantages over a concrete or tarmac formed speed ramp. The precise moulding on a rubber bump means the height is uniform across the width of the speed bump and speed is regulated exactly. There is a great difference on the deflection achieved by a 50mm speed bump and an irregularly formed 30mm concrete version. Remember also rubber speed bumps will not chip, rot or crack. The modular sections are easily replaced if damaged or worn, whereas repairing a tarmac speed bump is very problematic. Foremost is the ease of installation of rubber speed bumps – supplied in modular bolt-down sections – fitting is fast, safe and less disruptive than forming a speed ramp from concrete or tarmac.
We believe we have the widest and best range of speed bumps in Ireland:
Pittman 50mm Speed Bump Kit– ideal for residential or low traffic areas
XPT-50 Speed Bump Kit 50mm – made from 100% pure vulcanised rubber for ultimate durability
JSP Ridgeback Speed Bump Kit 75mm - extreme height, for areas with immediate danger to pedestrians
XPT Berlin Speed Cushion – for areas with mixed HGV and cars with a visual and physical speed deterrent
XPT Modular Rubber Pedestrian Crossing Speed Table - reduce urban traffic speed and provide a safe pedestrian crossing
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Will it need to cater to trucks, buses, or cars? Do emergency vehicles use the road regularly, and can they pass over it with little or no restriction to their speed? Different vehicles have different requirements, so you should know which vehicles are on the road.
The height and width will significantly differ in the impact on speed. For example, a 30mm section generally allows vehicles to pass over the ramp at 25-30km/h comfortably. In contrast, a 75mm ramp will reduce vehicle speeds dramatically and should only be used where there is a significant risk to pedestrians.
The road surface may affect the fixings you will use for your road bump. Concrete and asphalt roads may need different fixings, while some suppliers (including Pittman) use universal fixtures to suit the majority of road surfaces.
There are many advantages to installing modular rubber road bumps:
- Precise moulding of sections provides a uniform height and design of the bump
- More cost-effective in terms of labour and materials
- Easier installation than concrete or tarmac options
- Easier to replace sections if they become damaged or worn
- Less disruptive to the area during installation – can be used immediately
- Better visibility than most concrete or tarmac versions
- Manufactured from recycled material
For installation you will need
- Precise measurements of the area
- Assessment of the traffic in the area
- A bump suited to the traffic and vehicle types travelling through the area
Modular rubber systems are much easier to install than concrete or tarmac designs. To install, mark the area for each section (using the pre-drilled holes) and drill the required depth for the fixing. Next, insert the required piece (end-cap or mid-section) and tighten it. Once installed, the bumps can be used immediately. Ensure all works are completed following traffic and safety guidelines.
A speed ramp is a strip of rubber sections that are installed on roads to slow motorists down. These bumps deter cars from going too fast over them. If drivers are too fast they risk damaging their car.
Speed ramps is also an alternative name for speed bumps. Speed ramps and speed bumps will slow vehicle traffic to reduce the risk of traffic accidents.
When installed correctly, rubber speed ramps can last for many years. However, their lifespan depends on the installation and the type & volume of traffic on the road. Call the team at Pittman to help choose the best product for the job.
Rubber can maintain better shape than concrete over time. Modular sections are also easily replaced if they become worn or damaged. If installing multiple traffic calming measures, it is advised that the layout includes at least one vehicle’s length between them.
The height and width of the bump will determine how fast you can drive over it. A 50mm bump will slow vehicles to around 10mph. A higher 75mm incline will cause drivers to slow to around 5mph. A speed cushion can offer an easier, more gradual bump – they generally slow traffic to 15-20 mph. These kinds of bumps are better suited to city and town environments.
Traffic bumps should not be avoided. Drivers should not swerve or enter into other lanes to avoid the bump. In order to deal with it drivers should slow to the appropriate traffic speed. The spaces at the centre or sides of the road bumps are for drainage and help to keep the surface clear of standing water or snow.
- Instant bump designed to slow traffic down instantly
- Effective for controlling speeds at low traffic volumes
- Shorter from front to back
- Not ideal for emergency vehicles and coaches
- Common in car parks and private car parking premises
- Slows traffic to approximately 8-15km/h
- Gradual bumps that are designed to slow traffic to a considerable speed
- Effective for controlling speeds at high traffic volumes
- Longer from front to back
- Ideal for emergency vehicles and coaches
- Common on public roads
- Slows traffic to approximately 25-30km/h.
Traffic calming is a popular term for speed control. Traffic calming refers to the reduction of vehicle speed. Road bumps, cushions and tables are vital traffic calming and speed control devices.
Traffic calming is a common term used among government bodies and councils. Traffic calming aims to decrease vehicle speeds to reduce the risk of traffic accidents. Calming involves vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.
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