Friday, June 1, 2012

Sound wall deflects sound, not vehicles

Behind my crappy apartment there is a sound wall. Behind the sound wall there is Idylwyld Drive. Apparently sound walls are not very good at deflecting cars.

That's what I found last Saturday when I walked out of my house. I sleep with my window open - I am surprised I didn't hear this. Nice big set of skid marks on Idylwyld to match, and the wall looks a lot worse on the other side.


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  2. You might be surprised at how much of a city's infrastructure is designed to deform rather than withstand punishment. A structure that deforms absorbs more of the impact, leaving people less likely to be injured or killed.

    Street lamps and signs are also designed to break off and/or deform rather than withstand abuse. I'd much rather crash into a street lamp than a tree!