Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Drempels and Wild Roosters

Let op! Drempels!

Drempels are Dutch speed bumps. They are on most residential streets to keep traffic speeds at slow, safe levels. The drempels come in a variety of designs and are clearly marked with patterned bricks and the sign of warning, Let Op!

My newest route has the previously posted bike tunnel and a variety of drempels.
I love the word drempels so bear with me. They are fun to ride over, too.

The most common drempel stretches across the whole street:

Then there is the half drempel:

And the cool round drempel:

If you are feeling bad for auto drivers, then be aware that there are two major highways close by. They can speed there and leave actual residents, cyclists, dog walkers, children and joggers unharmed. It's so civilized that I really can't believe it isn't done everywhere. Why do so many American neighborhoods cater to (and perpetuate) maniac drivers? Imagine Prospect Park West with some drempels... Or a bike lane. Just a little bike lane. 

Too bad I can't say that it is perfect here.

Apparently, they still have a wild rooster problem.

Heh. Sorry Jefe.

(wildrooster means 'cattle grid,' a grated surface that scares cows, thus keeping them from wandering off)


  1. a Rooster is a grid, but not sure why "wild"? Beesrooster would make more sense. But then, I am Afrikaans, not Dutch. (But the two languages are very close!)

    Interesting blog!

  2. I learned something today! Thanks.

  3. Wildroosters originated in parks and were meant to keep the deer in, hence the wild = wild animals ("het wild" is generic hunters' speech for anything that may be shot - haarwild being animals, veerwild having feathers).

    And your "round drempel" is called a pannekoek = pancake (obviously).

  4. Ha ha! Pannekoek drempel. I love it.