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Researching Rumble Strips: Riders Needed

The bane of my existence and yours too I’m guessing, is rumble strips.  Rumble strips are those evil divots carved at great expense into road shoulders in an attempt to hinder sleepy or texty drivers from careening off into eternity.  They are also great at flipping cyclists over handlebars, jarring dental work loose and generally wreaking havoc on bicycles and bicyclers.

So here’s an opportunity to participate in a study to develop safer strips to rumble over.  In March volunteer riders, my wife and I included, will spend a few hours riding over an assortment of rumble strips and giving feedback to the researchers.  A shuttle will ferry us for our downhill runs.  This sounds like a great way for cyclists to add their voice to the development and application of rumble strips.

The project is being conducted by the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NC State University.  It’s being held in Almond, NC on a beautiful stretch of highway 28.  If you are anywhere near the area you should plan to come for a visit and participate in the study.  There’s a lot of great hiking and biking opportunities in the area; so make a mini-vacation of it.

To learn more and to sign up, contact Sarah O’Brien at skworth@ncsu.edu .  I hope to see you there!

Categories: Road Bike The Smokies
  1. DoubleD
    February 23, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Do you have the date or dates in March? If after spring break for my daughter I could well be in that neck of the woods. I’ll go ahead and email Sarah.

    • February 24, 2014 at 11:35 am

      I believe the middle of March. I don’t think the exact dates are set. When you sign up you are asked to give days available. Maybe I see you there. I’m sure they would appreciate two Surly Pacers.

  2. clay campbell
    February 24, 2014 at 10:44 am

    The rumble strips that concern me are the ones in the very center of a 2foot shoulder. Not only does it give the automobile driver limited reaction time to correct but also leaves the cyclist with a too narrow path to ride upon. Dangerous for everyone.

    • The Velo Hobo
      February 24, 2014 at 11:36 am


  3. graveldoc
    February 24, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I live in southwest Missouri. All our roadways lack shoulders. A few years ago, the Dept. of Transportation resurface the roads and added a small paved shoulder in the process. I was initially encouraged to think our roads might be a little safer on which to ride. A couple of weeks later, they cut into the pavement, those confounded rumble strips. I hope the outcome is better for you!

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