Shoulder Rumble Strips and Bicyclists

This report provides a comprehensive review of existing research on the safety impacts of rumble strips to bicycles. Introduced in the early 1950s, shoulder rumble strips (SRS) have been extensively used as a countermeasure to single-vehicle run-off-the-road (ROR) accidents on freeways caused by driver inattention. Placed in the shoulder of a roadway, SRS provide motorists with both audible and tactile warning that the vehicle has left the roadway. SRS have primarily been used on limited access roadways. The effectiveness of this treatment, however, has led to the consideration of using SRS for implementation on non-freeway roadways. There are concerns, however, that SRS may pose safety concerns to bicyclists using the shoulder as a bicycle path. Of concern is the potential for loss of control if the bicyclist strikes a rumble strip. Existing research on SRS design and placement may provide some guidelines for New Jersey in its design and placement of SRS.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Bibliography; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 77p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01055127
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-NJ-2002-020
  • Contract Numbers: NCTIP-38
  • Created Date: Aug 21 2007 4:02PM