In life, things come and go.
Friends. Taxes. The Walkman. Speed bumps.
That last come-and-go — speed bumps, only slightly less controversial than the U.S. credit rating — was one I always assumed was impossible to let go. When a locality approves a speed bump, its career is typically longer than a Supreme Court appointment.
Not so, apparently, in Takoma Park.
I’ll get to the city’s remarkable legislative action in a moment, but first let’s be clear about Takoma Park and speed bumps: The city seems to erect them at roughly the same pace that I post blog entries — about twice a day.
“We embraced the speed bumps very early on here,” said Daryl Braithwaite, Takoma Park’s director of public works. “We have a pretty high number of them.”
I’ll say. Takoma Park has 180 speed bumps bumping up across just 2.36 square miles. That’s a lot of speed bumps — roughly 77 per mile.
City officials think the design slows down drivers better than standard speed bumps. “You feel it in a different way,” Braithwaite said.
They appear only slight less gentle than a bed of nails.
“NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TAKOMA PARK, MARYLAND, THAT: SECTION 1. Ordinance 2010-44 is rescinded, thereby nullifying the order to install a speed hump on the sloped section of the 100 block of Sherman Avenue.”
And now there is one less speed bump in the world.