Dozens More Speed ‘Humps’ Coming to L.A. Streets

You can thank (or blame) Waze for their resurgence

The city is preparing to install 30 speed bumps—or “humps” as transportation planners refer to them—after a long absence in Los Angeles. The traffic calming hump program was dumped in 2009 due to budget cuts, according to KPCC. Now, with the city receiving a flood of complaints about cars speeding through residential neighborhoods—partly thanks to real-time traffic apps—the humps are making a comeback (there have been around 800 hump requests in the past three years). The humps force cars to either slow down to about 10 or 15 mph; otherwise drivers can destroy their suspension or get something called a cracked sump (we’re not kidding, check this out).

Los Angeles Department of Transportation manager Seleta Reynolds says it will be at least six months before new humps sprout; people need hiring and websites need setting up. The online component should include information on how residents can petition for a hump, which will require support from neighbors. And yes, we know what you’re thinking: