|City Council of Portugalete
|C/Sotera de la Mier s/n – BI3739 Road
|Speed Bump Ecobam 800/50
The part of the road which goes across the town of Portugalete raised serious accessibility problems, especially for the pedestrians, who did not have a proper area to walk in a safe way. It was also a problem for the drivers’ safety, as it was a very narrow road, where vehicles has tendency to exceed the speed limits and the accident rates were very high.
In 2006, because the situation was unbearable, some changes were made to the 800m of road that crossed the town. The changes included making the road wider and to build a new pedestrians’ zone because there was not one until that moment.
The result was a new road, with a high traffic of buses and coaches, heavy duty vehicles, cars, two-wheeled vehicles (including cyclists), and pedestrians walking between towns, as there are five schools in the zone.
Despite being a completely new road, at the end of the straight there was a dangerous curve (known as ‘el mirador del Puente Colgante’), where many serious accidents occurred, due to the high speed and the pedestrians’ zone invasion.
Installing rubber Speed Bumps was useless, as they were badly located and they easily broke down.
This pilot project achieved two main objectives: the practice test made the ECOBAM RDV the first and only Speed Bump authorized in Europe; and it was possible to reduce the accident rate to zero, thanks to the traffic calming and the good visibility of the Speed Bump with LED illumination System.
Traffic calming is constant, so the accident rate nowadays is zero, and the pedestrians are not in danger anymore.
This case of LED ECOBAM is a real demonstration that an effective road safety and zero accident rate is not a utopia, it is a reality.
C/Sotera de la Mier s/n – BI3739 Road