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. Shoulder rumble strips have primarily been used on limited access roadways. The effectiveness of this treatment, however, has led to the consideration of using shoulder rumble strips for implementation on non-freeway roadways. There are concerns, however, that shoulder rumble strips 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 shoulder rumble strip design and placement may provide some guidelines for New Jersey in its design and placement of shoulder rumble strips.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Contract Numbers:

      NCTIP 38

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      New Jersey Department of Transportation

      1035 Parkway Avenue
      Trenton, NJ  USA  08625
    • Project Managers:

      Kondrath, Edward

    • Performing Organizations:

      New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark

      Center for Transportation Studies and Research
      University Heights, 225 Colton Hall
      Newark, NJ  USA  07102
    • Principal Investigators:

      Daniel, Janice

    • Start Date: 20010101
    • Actual Completion Date: 20070626
    • Source Data: RiP Project 14440

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01460260
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New Jersey Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: NCTIP 38
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:21PM