Street Flyers Fly High!
High Street, the nondescript
little road lined with quaint little mill houses and whose only
claim to fame is as the shortcut between Hillsborough Road and West
Main as a new claim to fame. Unhappy, with it's image as a boring
road and using the flying action on James
Street as their model, they decided improve their image.
read about cars going airborne on James Street", explained
one resident of High Street and were quite impressed with what they
had down to improve the resale value of the houses on their street
while at the same time adding a new activity to their neighborhood.
We sent a delegation down to observe their humps and were quite
impressed with the height and distance that the cars were able to
generate as they took the humps. We set up a committee, hired a
team of aerodynamic physicists and developed a new type of hump
that would give the cars a little more lift and more distance than
they were able to develop on James Street. It's our hope that we
can lure some of the traffic from James Street to ours".
The design change High
Street is talking about has been named a table, not a hump. And
from the looks of things humps will be the bumps of the past with
tables becoming the new innovative, high tech product of the 21st
What is a Table? The
table is more of an elongated hump. Imagine fifteen humps in a row
with a piece of plywood over them so that they become one long hump,
or table. Cover the table with asphalt and then you have your Speed
Table, ready for use.
What makes these Tables
so special? Unlike the hump, which fights the laws of gravity, the
Table is aided by it. On James Street when a car hits the hump the
front end of the car goes airborne and the car is propelled forward
at about a 45 degree angle(think of the hand on your clock halfway
between the '1' and the '2'). This allows for a little more distance
because the back wheels will touch down first, but the downside
is that the front and comes down pretty hard as it slams to the
ground while the car loses it's velocity. Also that angle creates
a lot of resistance as cars were not designed to travel at a 45
degree angle to the road.
The Tables have been
designed so that the front of the car lifts slightly as it hits
the Table, and then the car bounces a couple of times as the rear
wheels hit and then land on the Table. After a couple of bounces
the car goes airborne but unlike James Street it travels almost
perpendicular to the road making it more aerodynamic, allowing it
to cover larger distances and landing much smoother.
The unveiling of the
Tables was attended by the whole street and the ribbon cutting symbolized
a new phase in the, until now, unillustrious history of High Street.
Flying high on High Street
is no longer the sole domain of the pot smokers, now all drivers
can claim to fly high on High Street, as long as they give their
car a little gas as they approach the Tables!
News Helpful Tip
For those of you who want to make multiple passes over the
tables, if you head from West Main, go airborne on High Street
and then take a right on Hillsborough after landing, you can
circle around using only right turns without ever having to
cross traffic so there are no more long waits! If you go the
opposite directly you'll constantly have to wait to cross
two lanes of traffic.