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Bumpin’ Along at PLNU

It’s a picture perfect scene. You and you friends are jamming out in the car, everyone eager to get down to the cliffs and catch that perfect sunset picture. Everything is great, until it happens. You’ve hit it. It’s that speed bump on the way down to Young, coming out of nowhere just as you turn the corner. Suddenly, your car ride feels like a SeaWorld rollercoaster and everyone’s Better Buzz coffees go flying. You wonder how the Loma roads could have turned on you. We’ve all felt this, both physically and spiritually. There’s no way to easily recover from this experience, but there are steps you can take to make your life, and car ride, more smooth. Here’s some tips to keep your car intact and your sunset pics on time.

First, you should know that speed bumps come in all shapes and sizes. Luckily, or unluckily, PLNU has both. Technically called “speed humps,” some are wider and slightly taller than average speed bumps. The City of San Diego’s Street Design Manual says that speed humps are approximately 12 feet long and 3.5 inches high. In case you were wondering, we took the liberty of measuring them ourselves. The speed humps are indeed 3.5 inches high, but are closer to ten feet wide. In contrast, the normal speed bumps are three inches high and about 2.5 feet wide. Do what you will with this knowledge.

Secondly, there are approximately 27 speed bumps and 17 speed humps around campus, bringing the total to 44. That’s 44 reasons to give it all up and go back to the horse and buggy era.

Third, according to senior Margaret Mann, a campus shuttle driver, there is “a right trajectory and speed to go over them.”

As we bumped down the hill past Flex, Mann said, “some of them are excessive but it might be worse if we didn’t have them.” She noted that while nobody enjoys the speed bumps, people drive fast anyway, which is tough on their cars.

Sophomore Ulises Izúcar skateboards just about everywhere and said, “ I don’t like speed bumps. They make me feel insecure.” His personal least favorite is the speed bump at the bottom of Wiley hill. The first time he skateboarded over this particular speed bump, Izúcar said he felt both physical and emotional pain. He said, “the speed bump bumped me, and that just really hurt my feelings.”

Although the City of San Diego’s Street Design Manual refers to speed bumps as “traffic calming devices,” it’s understandable if you don’t feel very calm. These small but mighty raised portions of pavement interrupt our drives around campus, and the struggle is too real. With the new information you’ve read, we hope you can avoid unnecessarily painful drives, for both you and your car.

About the author

Rebecca Elliott

Rebecca is a senior at PLNU, majoring in multimedia journalism and minoring in public relations. Currently, she is the editor-in-chief of The Point and a freelance writer for Viewpoint magazine.

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