Homemade Traffic Calming in Mexico’s Yucatan
From Wired Magazine co-founder Kevin Kelly’s web site
Throughout Mexico "topes" or speed bumps, are ubiquitous. These can be metal pods arrayed across the road, or asphalt humps, or even significant concrete wedges. You really do have to slow down, and
almost stop to crawl over them. There is usually a sign warning they
are ahead, because if you hit one going fast you can total your car. In
other words, the topes are effective. Small towns will have one coming
and going, because they are more effective than speed limit signs,
which everyone would ignore. But even highways have them, near
intersections or bus stops.
Along the southern coast of the Yucatan, beyond the last electricity
and asphalt, at the end of the road, the Mexicans still want the
benefit of a tope, but what to do on an unpaved mud/sand road? Well
along the coast, where old ship ropes can be found, the solution is to
lay a big fat rope across the road. It works, at least for a while, but
it is easily replaced. This one is strung across the road in the small pirate town of Xcalak, Yucatan.