The Best Speed Bumps Options On The Market

2.5 inch speed bump

Why You Need to Learn About RubberForm’s Different Speed Bumps

 

Are you looking for the best speed bumps on the market? Many business owners are. Speeding is a factor in many vehicular accidents; it gives drivers less time to respond and it can increase the severity of an accident. Traffic calming tools have been proven to be an effective way to slow down speeding drivers. 

One such traffic calming device is a speed bump. Speed bumps use vertical deflection to slow down drivers and improve safety traffic conditions for both drivers and pedestrians. 

RubberForm offers three different types of speed bumps. You might be wondering, “why? Isn’t a speed bump just, well, a speed bump?” Well, yes, but also no. Ultimately, our speed bumps have a main function – to encourage drivers to slow down. However, speed bumps can come in various lengths and heights. 

Let’s take a closer look: 

 

RubberForm MLSB Speed Bump:

Rubber Speed Bumps (MLSB)

Instead of using spikes, lag bolts, and adhesives, buy our MLSB 2.5” which is targeted for traffic speeds below 10 mph. If temporary, you can simply put it down and link them together as needed, and rest assured they will stay in place. However, if you’re going for permanent or semi-permanent use, we recommend anchoring them. 

Perhaps you may have better use for our MLSB 3” or MLSB 4” speed bump. These portable and freestanding bumps are ideal for construction sites or wherever you may have aggressive traffic.  They are ideal for temporary traffic stops and slow traffic to 3-5 mph. 

The 4” is ideal for high-weight vehicles. The more units you buy, the better: several units can give you unlimited strength and coverage. 

Please note, our MLSB  4” is not recommended for pedestrian traffic or normal vehicle use. 

Another perk of our portable rubber speed bump is that they feature a dovetail design which allows for unlimited connectivity. Customers have the opportunity to create the exact length they need. 

Height plays a factor into your desired speed limit, and is something we can accommodate for you! 

 

RubberForm RK-10 Speed Bump:

Speed Bumps (RK)

The RK-10 speed bump is easy to deploy, install, and recover. It also allows for buyers to add additional center modules for custom lengths.

Worried about vehicle damage? No need to fret, our highly visible speed bumps will effectively slow down traffic without damaging your vehicle or tires. It’s also just as easy to remove as it is to install. 

Place our RK-10 speed bump on streets or main residential roads to increase pedestrian safety in high traffic areas.  

 

Dirt Road Speed Bumps:

Dirt Road Speed Bumps

Unpaved roads need safety measures, too. We listened to the industry experts and developed a carefully and specially designed earth anchor screw. Combined with our speed bumps, the earth anchor screw allows the speed bumps to be safely secured to dirt roads and gravel roads. 

 

Why Buy RubberForm Speed Bumps?

At RubberForm, we use recycled rubber that is manufactured to withstand extreme temperature and weather conditions. Our rubber also tolerates high traffic volume and constant U.V. light. 

Our durable and long-lasting rubber creates superior speed bumps that are easy to install, making them the best option for you. 

We’d love to chat with you! Call us today and get all of your questions answered. If you’re interested in one of our products, we’ll supply you with all the information you need.

What’s The Difference between Speed Bumps and Speed Humps?

Road installations find themselves in one of those “to-ma-to” and “to-mae-to” situations. Look at speed bumps and speed humps, for example. Everybody uses them interchangeably, nobody knows who’s right, and nobody wants to find out.

However, there’s quite a significant difference between the two. That said, it’s nothing that complicated, speed bumps and speed humps are just different approaches to the same problem; slowing down vehicles.

 

Why Your Facility Needs a Speed Bump

Be it a school, convenience store, parking lot, or a residential neighborhood; all places have transitional spaces where humans and moving vehicles interact.

If you’ve driven around your neighborhood, you have probably seen playgrounds where kids walk across roads. What about restaurants? You’ve witnessed adults exit their vehicles with the delighted kids jumping around as a few cars move nearby.

Because of the number of careless drivers driving drunk or on their phones, lives are usually at risk. Every few years, a minor accident or a near-miss will shake the community for a few weeks. Then everybody will forget until the next one.

 

Where Speed Bumps and Speed Humps Come In

Unlike road signs and traffic lights, speed bumps and speed humps are hard to ignore. Since they are modifications to the actual road, they will bring all cars to slow down.

Moreover, even if a driver is not paying attention, say they’re sleeping, on their phones, or drunk, they jolt the driver back into focus. Speed bumps and humps will give you the option to ensure safety, build trust and possibly go green while at it.

When used in moderation, speed bumps and humps come with a lot of benefits. These pros include:

  • Safety

Speed bumps and speed humps assure your customers that you value their safety and that of their loved ones.

Even if nobody notices or appreciates the little effort, nothing is lost. In fact, you get to sleep better knowing that you did everything possible to keep your customers safe.

If you own a facility that hosts children or teenagers, a speed bump or speed hump is a step in the right direction in terms of safety.

  • Avoid Accidents

Though we may not want to accept it, accidents happen. They are bad for lives, safety, and business. Remember, you don’t want your business to be the scene of a shooting on prime-time news.

Similarly, you don’t want your business to be the scene of an avoidable grisly accident at the prime time news.

 

Speed Zones

Speed bumps and speed humps both slow down vehicles, only at different rates. If you need cars to slow down in a 10-15 mph zone, speed humps will do the job.

Such speeds are necessary around schools, animal crossing, and parks with a consistent flow of traffic.

What if you want cars to slow down to about five mph or even a stop? Well, that’s what they made speed bumps for.

 

Aggressiveness

If you’ve ever driven above a speed bump at 50mph, then you know how aggressive they are. As you’ll see later, the design of the speed bump makes it more aggressive than the speed hump.

In places like hospitals, where ambulances frequently pass through, a speed hump will be a better alternative to a speed bump.

Airports and places with security checks are a different story altogether. A speed bump will do a better job at stopping aggressors who don’t want a security check.

 

Travel Distance

Another big difference between speed bumps and speed humps is the travel distance. This term refers to the width of the raised surface where engineers place the speed bump or hump.

To keep it simple, a speed bump is narrower than a speed hump. Your average speed hump will be 14- 22 feet wide, whereas your average speed bump will be six to four feet wide.

 

Spacing

Due to the difference in aggressiveness, the spacing between speed bumps and speed humps also differs.

Speed bumps are more aggressive and are hence placed at wider intervals. Placing two or three bumps nearby is a disservice to the drivers, and you will soon be receiving complaints.

Since speed humps are mild, you can place two in close proximity. If it’s necessary, you can get away with three speed humps with little or no complaint.

 

Painting

The painting of speed bumps and speed humps is one more difference. As a rule of thumb, engineers paint speed bumps with bright colors like yellow.

Speed humps, on the other hand, get away with lighter colors such as white. The reasoning is that since speed bumps are more aggressive, drivers need to see them from a distance so as to start braking.

For speed humps, drivers can start braking at close range.  However, take note that painting speed humps isn’t mandatory.

 

Complimentary Uses

Since a speed bump has a shorter traveling distance, its uses are limited to just slowing down cars. The same can’t be said about speed humps, however.

By painting a speed hump with white stripes, you can convert it into a pedestrian walk. This strategy serves two purposes; notifying drivers of a speed bump and also allowing pedestrians safe access.

The pedestrian access will go a long way in helping drivers feel less inconvenienced by the speed hump because it gives a motive behind its existence.

 

Installation Time

Given that speed humps have a longer traveling distance than speed bumps, they will take more time to install.

One speed hump can be an equivalent of three or two speed bumps in terms of driving distance, hence the longer installation time.

However, thanks to recent advances in technology, you no longer have to make your speed bumps from asphalt. Your options are endless. You could have rubber speed bumps or even an environmentally friendly option like reclaimed rubber. Both take a much shorter time to install.

 

The Importance Of Speed Bumps/Hump Signs

Whichever option you choose, that bump or hump is only as effective as the sign. Without labeling or informing drivers you turn a well-meaning idea into a potential hazard.

That said, any accident caused due to an unlabeled road modification will be your liability.

It will put your business in the path of potential lawsuits and bring bad press or reputation.

 

Where We Come In

For most businesses, painting a large section of their parking lot is a big no. Many feel that it interferes with the general aesthetics and even branding of their businesses.

This situation only leaves one option; signs.

They don’t take up as much space, are not as aesthetically intrusive, and can be scaled or moved appropriately.

 

Why Rubberform

Well, modern problems require modern solutions and Rubberform is one. We spent the last few decades building capacity to help businesses like yours with their signs. 

Our mission, R&D, on the backdrop of experienced teams, has come with solutions to make your signage issues a thing of the past. As a result, our products are 100% recycled, American made and LEED certified.

 

For more information, contact us today, and we will be more than willing to help.

How to Set Up Your Business for Curbside Pickup

how to setup curbside pickup sign base systems

Businesses all over the world were dealt a heavy blow to their sales in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, creating one hell of a challenging year for companies large and small. Businesses hit the hardest were those within the hospitality, food service, and retail industries that struggled to keep up with an ever-changing list of compliancy rules and regulations. As these businesses searched for methods to stay afloat, one avenue of operation could not be ignored—online ordering and curbside pickup.

Although the pandemic has brought Curbside Pickup into the mainstream, it is anything but a new concept. According to The Balance, online retailing is one of the fastest growing segments expected to reach $1.3 trillion over the next decade. If you are in the restaurant, retail, or grocery business you simply cannot overlook the value of Curbside Pickup. Those starting brick and mortar store pickup operations for the first time may wonder how to properly set their businesses up for Curbside services—and that is why RubberForm is here to help.

 

How to Set Up Your Business for Curbside Pickup

An efficient Curbside Pickup operation utilizes online ordering and strategically placed portable sign base systems to mark designated pickup areas around your property or in your parking lot. These curbside sign bases include a base, signpost, and respective signage. Below we will go over the steps that need to be taken to effectively set your business up for Curbside Pickup

 

1. Choose an Ordering System

Depending on the area where you live, there are a plethora of online ordering applications made for your consumers to use on mobile devices. For restaurant or grocery businesses, especially franchisees, you may choose to

curbside delivery

register your store in one of these pickup and delivery apps:

For Restaurants

For Grocery Stores

For retail stores, online ordering will typically be done directly through your e-commerce website. In this case it is imperative to ensure your website ordering process is mobile friendly and easy to use.

 

2. Create an Organized Pickup Procedure

curbside pickup lane

To ensure a smooth curbside pickup process, you will need a plan in place for staff and customers alike. Curbside service is a brand-new service feature for some businesses so employees will have to be trained on the new ordering and curbside pickup procedures. Put together a dedicated team for curbside pickup that will be responsible for managing orders, customer arrivals, and product delivery. The curbside team should constantly be in communication with each other from start to finish. The process will go something like this:

  • Order is placed online
  • Sales and customer service teams are notified and begins order process
  • Order is packed and ready for customer pickup
  • Customer arrives at Curbside Pickup area
  • Customer checks in with customer service sales team via a phone call or online app
  • Service team gathers package order and delivers to customer vehicle at parking spot with curbside sign base.

 

 

 

3. Establish a Dedicated Curbside Pickup Area

Creating a designated pickup area for pickup orders will be one of the most important decisions you will make for a productive curbside operation. Your location and property size will be the deciding factor on where to best guide customer traffic to the curbside pickup area. If you are fortunate enough to have a parking lot connected to your business, then you are at an advantage. Parking lots allow businesses to section off specific parking areas for curbside orders giving your pickup customers a clear area to go to while they wait for their orders to be brought out to their vehicle.

If your business happens to be located in a metropolitan area you may have a slightly more difficult time creating a designated pickup area. To help local businesses operate easier within new regulations, city officials across the country have recently started allowing businesses to extend operations onto sidewalks and even portions of the street in some areas. Owners are now able to do things like allow temporary parking in front of their building and put-up signage on sidewalks.

The most effective way to mark these pickup areas are with portable sign base systems, not a permanently mounted, in-ground bollard signpost. Sign bases that are portable are more flexible and can be used to display any type of general or curbside information you may need to convey to arriving customers.

 

curbside pickup are sign bases

 

4. Promote Your Services with Curbside Pickup Sign Bases

Once you are set up with your ordering system, service procedure, and pickup area you are ready for the final step—advertise and promote. Portable sign bases make an excellent choice for not only promoting your curbside services but also creating an effective environment to coordinate curbside pickup with safety, control and a great customer experience.

RubberForm’s Curbside Sign Bases provide easy visibility that allows your customers to see exactly where they need to go upon arrival at your location. We provide everything you need for curbside pickup services, starting with the sign base all the way up to the signage, and everything in between for a great customer experience. Custom recycled aluminum signs are designed with your specifications to display all the necessary details of your curbside procedure. With our ready-to-go logistics and shipping services, we are positioned to fulfill any requirements your company needs for your curbside operations.

 

curbside services sign base

 

Why Choose RubberForm?

We are the home of the Original Sign Base since 2005, so we know everything there is to know about Curbside Pickup programs. Years of experience, research, design, and development has yielded the most durable, sustainable, and attractive sign base product on the market.

RubberForm is proud to have provided our curbside products to some of the most well-respected names in the restaurant, retail, and grocery store businesses. We are the Gold Standard in Curbside Pickup and we “guarantee” you will not experience a better performing product than the ones made by RubberForm.

 

Learn more about our Curbside Pickup & To Go Sign Base Systems here.

Outfit your school with parking lot & road safety equipment

With the school year quickly approaching, it is critical that the school addresses the safety of their students, staff and parents picking up their children within their parking lots. These lots are often hectic and stressful areas. People and cars mixed together can become a recipe for disaster if the parking lot is not outfitted with road safety equipment and proper signage.

Go green!

Green technology is very important in today’s society to protect our environment. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! Schools need to incorporate recycled products into their everyday routines to teach their students the importance of utilizing recycled materials. Parking lot safety equipment, such as the Parking and Road Safety line from RubberForm, is the ideal solution to protect your students, faculty, parents, visitors and of course the environment. Our products are made of 100% recycled rubber and plastic that offer an environmentally friendly alternative to other parking lot products. We promise our products will not only last long, but serve and protect better than their standard counterparts like concrete.

Safety in your parking lot

Safety equipment utilized correctly can not only increase parking lot safety, but improve the flow of traffic and reduce pick up times. Portable sign bases are an ideal solution to mark designated pick-up areas, caution drivers of pedestrians, and post speed limits within the parking lot. Highly visible wheel stops ensure drivers do not drive into unauthorized areas or onto walkways. Speed bumps are critical to ensuring drivers to drive slowly. Delineator curb systems are the perfect solution to channel traffic, as well as separate area of the parking lot. They can also be easily collapse when not in use.

If you would like more information on which products are right for your parking lot, visit our Parking Lot Safety Page or contact us!

Appearing At Levi’s Stadium In California: The Backstory

Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA

It’s always gratifying to see RubberForm’s recycled rubber products in action, and the bigger the stage, the more exciting the experience. On June 29, 2017, we had an important supporting role in a dress rehearsal for one of the premier venues in the country—the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

This new home for the San Francisco 49ers opened with a pre-season game against Denver Broncos on August 17, 2017.  To prepare, the City of Santa Clara, the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority and a team officials held a dry run to look at pedestrian and traffic flow. This included, parking and other issues that may arise when 70,000 fans converge on the stadium. Our sign bases and sign base weights were right in the middle of it all!

There, our sign bases and added base weights were directing doing the following: VTA Transit pedestrian traffic, helping people get from Point A to Point B, and generally contributing to visitor safety and well being. It’s something we see RubberForm sign bases doing in other parking lots and high-traffic sites all across the country. And just like any proud stage parent, we find the performance never gets old. That’s because we can’t help but remember how far all our recycled rubber products have come to get where they are now.

After all, it wasn’t so long ago that those sign bases were at the end of their careers as scrap tires. They were headed to a landfill or scrap tire processing plant somewhere in the United States. But where other people might have seen ugly piles of scrap tires, we saw great potential. We took tons of scrap tire crumb rubber, which is ground up scrap tires, and ran it through our innovative recycling rubber molding plant to produce environmentally friendly products that still have their very best years ahead of them!

True, our products aren’t the headliners at the places they appear (sort of like actors you always recognize but can’t name). RubberForm is frequently cast when traffic and parking lot safety is a major concern. Along with our sign bases, we also have products playing at road constructionindustrial, hospitality and marine locations.

No, people won’t go to Levi’s Stadium to see our sign bases. But that doesn’t lessen our pride in being there…or any other of the thousands of places that RubberForm products appear. They’re helping travelers reach their destinations, protecting property and lives, and ensuring that people have a better time. All while making the world a little greener. As far as we’re concerned, that’s the role of a lifetime.

Why Rubber Wheel Stops Over Concrete Parking Stops?

parking lot wheel stops

 

Close up image of a RubberForm Wheel Stop

Parking Lot Wheel Stops are installed in many parking lots large and small to help in ensuring vehicles come to a stop and prevent damage to buildings, sidewalks, curbs and delicate landscapes. While we call these products Wheel Stops, they are also often referred to recycled wheel stops, car stops, parking curbs, rubber parking bumpers, parking blocks and everything in-between. In the past, concrete was the go-to material for these parking curb products, but they are being replaced with more durable and environmental friendly materials like our Recycled Rubber Wheel Stops.

A forklift, Bobcat, or front loader are generally the recommended method to install a concrete wheel stop into position. Often requiring 2 or more people to move it into its final location, resulting in high installation costs. Weighing in at only 38 pounds, a RubberForm Wheel Stop can be unloaded, set into place, and installed by just one person. If one of our Rubber Wheel Stops happens to slip off of a pallet it will not chip, crack, break or potentially injure the person moving them. Something that can happen with concrete parking blocks.

All of RubberForm’s Wheel Stops are made from 100% post-consumer recycled scrap tire rubber, diverting 4 tires from being sent to a landfill for each Wheel Stop that RubberForm manufactures. Concrete is not recyclable and more susceptible to damage. Once damaged, it needs to be removed and thrown out. The Rubber Wheel Stops are made with the used, scrap tires from your car! They won’t break, chip or crack if they get hit by a car. Their molded in plastic colored polygons offer additional visibility.

Need More Wheel Stop Info?

Visit our Rubber Wheel Stops page to learn more and see additional photos of our U.S.A Made Parking Lot Wheel Stops in action. RubberForm manufactures and stocks polygon colors in Safety Yellow, White, Handicap Blue, Eco-Green, Emergency Red. We also offer custom colors to match your brand or corporate color upon request.