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Old 14th July 2014, 12:41   #61
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Also, has anyone considered what might happen if someone doesn't notice an unmarked angled speed breaker and goes over them at speed?
Okay that would lead to the risk of toppling over. That explains why it aint popular all over.
But could these angled speed breakers be a good idea atleast for the unmanned railway crossings?
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There's no cure for stupidity. We have seen people/bikes/cycles going under the barrier at manned crossings. They can just as easily fly over an angled SB at an unmanned crossing, as they do over a regular one.

IMV dictates that someone from the vehicle has to get down and physically look up and down the railway tracks to make sure there's no train or trolley approaching. Thanks to the dynamics of a train, the tracks are straight enough to have a pretty clear view on either side.

Besides trains usually...er.. "honk" near populated/unmanned crossings. If you can't see something so huge and hear something so loud, you shouldn't be driving!

One way to improve safety would be to have a solar powered signal that turns red and sounds an alarm when it detects the vibrations on the rails when a train/trolley is approaching. This will help those who don't mind waiting.
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But could these angled speed breakers be a good idea atleast for the unmanned railway crossings?
It is risky but should do the job since not many bother to see what lies ahead there could be a risk if tripping over.

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There's no cure for stupidity. We have seen people/bikes/cycles going under the barrier at manned crossings.

This will help those who don't mind waiting.
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IMV dictates that someone from the vehicle has to get down and physically look up and down the railway tracks to make sure there's no train or trolley approaching.
IMV suggests a million things but..

Getting down and seeing both sides for a safe crossing is just not possible. People don't pay attention when then cross a normal Road what they'll get down and look at both sides when in a railway crossing.

This is what people would think:

"The driver of the train will honk anyway. Why should I be worried!"

Patience is what we all lack in. Waiting for one train to cross is difficult, people bend over with their scooters / bikes to reach home a few minutes early. The railway crossing stopper i.e the metal rod should be larger (in diameter) and preferably two poles at a bit gap to avoid such crossing by bending under.

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Angled speedbreakers may be a good idea. But , even ensuring that the regular speed breaker construction follows the guideline is a challenge. Simply because the vast majority of speed breakers in the country are illegal - i.e. they have been constructed without following the due process and construction plan - and more often than not due to the pressure put on road construction workers by uneducated and blissfully unaware local interest groups such as RWAs.
Attached the actual guideline and construction plan stipulated by the Indian Roads Congress.
Guideline for Speed Breaker:
  1. Central Height: 10-12 cm; Shape: Parabola; Width: 3.5 metres; Length: same as road width.
  2. Road humps should be painted in a 'V' shape and illuminated by solar cat's eyes (solar cells embedded on pavements/road that reflect sun rays and glow in the dark) to make them visible.
  3. The humps should not be more than five metres away from the junction or the intersection.
  4. Two signboards, one at 20 to 30 metres and another 10 metres away from the hump should be placed for the commuters to know about the road humps ahead. Intrusion of tree branches should be prevented.
  5. Road humps should be put up only on the main roads and not on the cross roads.
  6. In ‘rumble strips’, (humps that have around 5 to 10 strips together), the width of each strip is to be one foot and the gap between each strip, one foot.
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People don't pay attention when then cross a normal Road what they'll get down and look at both sides when in a railway crossing.

This is what people would think:

"The driver of the train will honk anyway. Why should I be worried!"

Patience is what we all lack in.
Haha, perhaps they don't know a trains doesn't have good enough brakes to stop on a dime and let them pass?

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Guideline for Speed Breaker:
  1. Central Height: 10-12 cm; Shape: Parabola; Width: 3.5 metres; Length: same as road width.
  2. Road humps should be painted in a 'V' shape and illuminated by solar cat's eyes (solar cells embedded on pavements/road that reflect sun rays and glow in the dark) to make them visible.
These two points are essential. Most humps I've seen are 15-16cm tall and 1.5-2feet wide! Unmarked SB's are invisible, especially when there is a tree canopy overhead.
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Attached the actual guideline and construction plan stipulated by the Indian Roads Congress.
Guideline for Speed Breaker:
If this this the actual guideline, I have never seen a single speed breaker following this guideline completely. On the other hand, majority of speed breakers violate every point given in this guideline. I guess the road construction workers misread it as DON'Ts instead of DOs
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Cheer up! This should help those non regular commutes. The danger is when one over-speeds knowing that the speed breaker is virtual.
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