Speed Ramp Kits: All you need to know
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In most car accidents, speed is the main factor increasing both danger and injury. As drivers travel quicker, they have less time to react to road circumstances and any subsequent crash creates more damage to the surrounding drivers.
Organisations can choose from a variety of traffic calming instruments to promote safe driving to combat the speed issue. One of the methods used to slow down vehicles and boost driver consciousness is speed limits, speed bumps, speed humps, roundabouts and warnings. While Speed Bumps also promote safe driving, enforcement on a bigger scale can be hard and costly.
What are Speed Ramps?
Speed ramps or speed bumps are extremely efficient equipment for calming traffic, perfect for business and residential use. The speed ramps are sometimes referred to as 'Sleeping Policemen'
The Speed Bumps will typically come in 2 depth sizes, which allow the varied speeds that vehicles can travel over them at, these will either 50mm or 75mm. Speed humps are designed to slow down vehicles to between to speed of 5 mph and 10 mph.
However the choice of speed bump used and the speeds travelled over the speed bumps can vary so it is advised that speed bumps are also accompanied by a clearly marked speed bump speed warning sign to assist drivers in taking that extra caution upon approach.
Read on to find out which Speed Ramp is best for you.
What are Speed Ramps made from?
The speed ramps at Street Solutions UK are made of high density, recycled PVC and are low-maintenance, weather-resistant and extremely hard-wearing. The plastic and rubber compound lifts give a soft and pleasant journey compared to standard concrete or asphalt speed bumps, with no danger of harm to the car travelling over them.
Speed ramps are appropriate for a broad spectrum of cars, from motorcycles to HGV trucks, with a practically infinite weight loading capability. Great for busy areas, which will see thousands of cars daily.
You’ll find that speed bumps are commonly supplied in the yellow and black section combinations, the yellow colour is typically sprayed onto the speed bump once manufactures and coated in a long-lasting clear coat seal for years of use.
What colour Speed Ramp do I need?
Speed Ramps come as standard in 2 different colours, Black and Yellow.
Ramp kits typically come in a mixture of both colours to act as a vibrant warning to road users that there is a Speed Ramp in place.
But purchasing one of our standard Speed Bump kits you will be sent an equally mixed kit of yellow and black.
We can also supply speed ramp kits in specific colour schemes, i.e all-black kits or all yellow kits.
Please get in touch with our team on 0161 706 0479 to discuss your requirement or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What sizes do Speed Ramp kits come in?
Our Speed Ramp kits come in multiplies of 0.5 metres, starting at 1 metre in length.
We have a selection of speed ramp kits online available for instant purchase, but if would like a custom sized speed bump kit above 10 metres please get in touch for a quote.
The mid sections of the speed bumps are typically 500mm in width, which allows the speed bumps to move up in the 0.5 metre increments.
The end sections of the speed bumps are typically 250mm in width, which allows the speed bumps again to move up in 0.5 metre increments.
NO SPEED BUMP size is too big and our friendly team will be more than happy to help.
What bolts will I need for my Speed Ramp Kit?
We can supply a selection of ground fixings with you Speed Ramp kits, these will all depend on the ground surface that you will be fixing the ramp down to.
Known as both Tarmac and Asphalt bolts, these bolts will be supplied with a rubber grommet plug, a washer and the fixing bolt.
The bolts are typically either M8 or M10 types, these will require the following drill bits for the correct installation.
M8 Bolts require a 18mm drill bit.
M10 Bolts require a 20mm drill bit.
Known as either Concrete bolts or Rawl bolts, you’ll find these fixing bolts to be mostly used for harder surfaces. The metal outer casing offers great friction when the bolt is screwed down for an extremely tight and secure grounding.
Installing of the speed bump kits can bee seen below:
Which depth Speed Ramp kit will I need?
Speed bumps come in 2 sizes, please see below to find out what will be the best fit for your application environment.
50mm Speed Bumps
Speed Control – 10mph
- Car parks
- Shopping Centre
- Petrol Stations
Speed Control – 5mph
- HGV's, Trucks, Lorries & Vans
- Industrial Estates
- Construction Sites
- Civil Sites
- Service Stations
To help make sure that pedestrians and road users are able to spot the Speed bumps in low light and night time conditions, they should be fitted with some highly reflective cats eye inserts.
The cats eye inserts in speed bumps will allow light from car, bike and HGV headlights to reflect back to the driver, giving them a warning that they must slow down and safety drive over the speed bump that is installed up ahead on the road.
Given the nature of the speed bumps and where they will likely be installed it is always a good idea to make sure that the speed bumps are completely weather resistant and have some form of painted or waterproof coating to allow the rain to run off.
Water Channels or Chevrons
To help make sure that your speed bump kits are not holding water they will ideally have water channels embossed in to the ramp sections, these will help disperse water from the ramp and keep the surface clear.
In addition to these grooves your speed bumps may also have raised chevron style patterns, these will be great at providing grip in cold and wet conditions for both tyres and foot traffic.
Making sure that you are purchasing speed bump kits that will last in the outdoors is essential, you will ideally be looking to install your speed bumps and forgot about them with very little maintenance.
Buying speed bump kits that are made of a high quality PVC or hard compacted material will be beneficial for long term usage.
Do I need signage for my speed bumps?
To give road users and pedestrians enough time to safely acknowledge and slow down to an upcoming speed bump it may be advised to have these installed in the surrounding area, however they are not a legal requirement if the road speed in less that 20mph. They will only be required legally if the speed limit is above 20mph.
For a road of this speed the highway authority responsible should erect and maintain speed bump speed warning signs as prescribed in the Traffic Signs Regulations.
Location of the speed bumps
Speed bumps can only be installed and placed on roads with a speed limit of 30mph or less. The legislation named The Highways (Road Humps) Regulation 1999 identifies additional location conditions for speed bumps that must be adhered to on public roads.
As a rule, the speed bumps should not be placed within 30 metres of a zebra crossing controlled area, this is also including the pelican and puffin crossings.
When installing speed bumps in a zone with a speed higher than 20mph, the speed bump must also be positioned at a 90-degree right angle to an imaginary line running along the centre of the carriageway. The speed bump regulations further prohibit speed bumps from being placed:
- On a railway level crossing or within 20 metres of any rail forming part of the railway track at the crossing.
- Within 2 metres of any rail providing support and guidance for vehicles carried on flanged wheels.
- Under or within 25 metres of any part of a structure over a carriageway which is 6.5metres high or less from the surface of the carriageway, although this regulation does not apply if the road hump is in a zone 20mph or under.
- Above or within 25 metres of any part of a bridge over which the highway passes or any part of a tunnel, culvert or other similar structure which crosses beneath the highway although this regulation does not apply if the road hump is in a zone 20mph or under.
This is a requirement of the speed bump kits that should go without saying, as the speed bumps will be crossed over hundreds if not thousands of times you will want them to be heavy duty and long lasting. This will all be down to the materials used which is why we would recommend a PVC compound used giving great performance under heavy loads.
If you have any questions about your speed bump kit requirements and would like to speak with a member of our team you can do so by calling us directly on 0161 706 0479. You can also reach out to our team by emailing email@example.com