IT certainly did not take long for the public to react to another one of the municipality's "experiments". I do believe many residents in the South End area would welcome some speed control in Walmer Boulevard and especially motorists attempting to cross this road at the Pier Street intersection with cars and motorcycles travelling down Walmer Boulevard at very high speeds and not visible due to the bend in the road.
The municipality in its wisdom (or rather the lack thereof) decided to install horrific humps made up of pyramid-like structures across the road at two locations, one just above the road going to Forest Hill and the other approximately 100m above Pier Street. The one just above Pier Street is the important one, but the other a total waste of money as it serves no purpose other than to irritate motorists as one basically has almost to come to a standstill in order not to cause damage to one's vehicle.
The first thing that strikes one's attention is that there is no warning of the obstruction in the road and I notice that already there as skid marks leading up to the one just above Pier Street. However, the municipality thought it wise to label it as a pedestrian crossing by erecting an appropriate sign. How would a pedestrian use this obstacle?
One needs to be a balancing artist and why would one want to cross the road here when it would be much safer to do so at the robot metres away?
Small ribs such as employed on the on and off ramps on the freeway or humps such as those in Beach Road would have been sufficient merely as a cautionary measure to motorists.
The other thought that came to mind when I first saw this was: did anybody give any thought to the fact that the Ironman cyclists would have to cross this obstacle on their way up Walmer Boulevard? How would a motorcycle, scooter or bicycle cross this obstacle?
What effect will this have on small cars like the Corsa, Ford Ka, Smart car and many of the other small cars available on the market these days? What effect will this have on the tyres of a fully loaded taxi?
Somebody in the municipality needs to have a serious look at the negative effect of these humps and come up with a more road user friendly speed control measure.
George van der Merwe, South End, Port Elizabeth