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 firstname.lastname@example.org . I hope to see you there!