Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What's up with that ankle breaker?

Seriously... have you guys seen these new yellow bumpy traction pads?

Can anyone tell me what these are for??? Don't tell me traction! Don't tell me safety!

Have you ever tried to walk over these wearing high heels? Yeah, that sucker will throw you to the ground quicker than you can imagine.  Pretty retarded if you ask me!

I'm a clumsy person. I need all the help I can get. THESE DO NOT HELP!


Michael December 30, 2009 at 12:07 AM  

The yellow dots are a warning strip for blind people to alert them that there is either a change in slope on the path they are walking on or to alert them that there is a change in surface material (i.e. from concrete to asphalt). It's a new requirement in the building code that came out last year. I had to do a remodel of a school that required us to have this strip for over 100'. They are a pain in the ass, even when I'm not wearing 6" heels.

Mintzworks December 30, 2009 at 9:35 AM  

Seriously Michael???

I thought they were just to warn shoppers NOT to take that shopping cart too far out.

They're a major pain, and I would think even moreso for a blind person wearing heels!

oneheavenlyheart December 30, 2009 at 10:50 AM  

Yeah, that is retarded. Blind people read braille with their hands not shoes.

Blind person laments: OMG, how will I ever know when the ground is changing slope or I'm accidentally entering a building?

City officials: Here's how - you'll know when you stub your toe and trip and face plant yourself on this TRACTION PAD. That's your warning.

Also, if you're blind, they wouldn't need to be flourescent yellow, would they? Seems to me it's a warning for the rest of us that DANGER and a trip to the hospital lay ahead.


Michael December 30, 2009 at 10:55 AM  

It's not braille Pho Mistress, a blind person uses a cane that the sweep across in front of them to detect any changes as they walk. The warning strip then informs them of what's changing.

And as for the bright yellow color, it's so that people who can see, won't trip on them when they wear high heels. :P

oneheavenlyheart December 30, 2009 at 11:16 AM  

I am prepared to take the rest of the year off and fight you on this subject.

You will lose.

It IS ridiculous.

Just admit it.

Michael December 30, 2009 at 11:29 AM  

I never said it wasn't ridiculous. I was just merely explaining the (idiotic) reasoning behind this). When the building code changed a lot of things were screwed up by lawyers. This stupid warning strip was one of them.

karmakaze7 December 30, 2009 at 11:34 AM  

have you ever tried to rollerskate over these? yeah... it's worse than heels.
personally i think they put them up so kids can't skateboard. which is stupid, because hello? physical activity, teenagers not doing drugs or getting into trouble. sounds like a win to me.

Jason Farris December 30, 2009 at 11:34 AM  

would love to have your back on this one but Michael is spot on and it makes sense to me now /shrug (of course I don't wear high heels (anymore)).

Michael December 30, 2009 at 11:47 AM  

@karma With the skateboards, we usually would put in indentation every 3 feet or so to prevent them from grinding (this was per the schools request).

This is an ADA thing. Not sure what there is to argue about.

karmakaze7 December 30, 2009 at 11:56 AM  

@michael heh! you think some yellow bumps are gonna keep skateboarders from grinding?

i just wanted to say "grinding" again

and if this post was about the trees that drop those spiky balls tat will also send you flying if you are on roller skates... i'd argue about those too.
dumb balls!

Michael December 30, 2009 at 11:59 AM  

The bumps aren't for grinding, I can find the section of building code for the bumps if it helps.

What we did was on the benches, when we poured the concrete we would press in a 2x4 every 3' or so to try to deter the skaters. It never worked really, they found other places.

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