The fellas in FOAM sent me a note to pass along, warning folks to be careful on the Unversity Plaza Loop Road. Crews are working there this week to put up more speed limit signs and install some speed bumps. I park nearby and know folks zip around there pretty quick. I guess I understand in one sense; it’s oval like some race tracks, and all the traffic’s going in one direction, like a race track. All we need are embankments and some grandstands. However, unlike a speedway, this “track” has students, mothers and kids, bicyclists, elderly people, lost patients looking for parking, and a slightly rotund and not-too-fast blog writer walking its perimeter. I park in a surface lot in the area and have learned three important lessons: 1) People will be going a lot faster than the posted 15 mph; 2) a “stop” sign is open to different interpretations; 3) while Texas statutes might give a pedestrian the right-of-way in a crosswalk, a Buick SUV might not. Becoming a hood ornament is a painful way to make a point.
Which brings us to speed bumps. Sure, no one likes them—they’re about as popular as potholes. They rattle our cars apart and shake up our innards. But if it reminds us to slow down a little, I’m not going to grumble about it. Maybe it’ll remind me to look around and enjoy the great weather that’s forecast for this week.