The idea is focused on maintaining the speed limit, but how effective is it and what do those who live nearby think about it?
Singing roads are reality. And not a single one. They are in the USA, South Korea, Japan and other countries. The idea is focused on maintaining the speed limit. But how effective is it? And what do those who live nearby think about this?
“No matter what the child is amusing himself, as long as he does not cry” — the essence of this proverb reflects life in Western countries quite accurately. While Russian road workers are patching holes on the highways beyond the Moscow Ring Road with varying success, their foreign colleagues are cutting stripes of different depths and widths on the asphalt.
A whole development team is working to make the section of the track singing. First, everything is drawn on paper and only after that it is transferred to the asphalt — grooves of different depths and widths are cut on it. When the car drives through them at a certain speed, a kind of melody is heard. But you can only hear something if one car is driving. If at the same time several cars are rushing along the surface one after another, the sounds mix, turning into a hellish cacophony.
Do the singing dear ones have any economic or educational meaning? Definitely not. In order to hear at least some semblance of a melody from under the wheels, you need to drive at a certain speed, which is carefully indicated on the warning sign. Well, since it is extremely problematic to hear anything articulate, the educational idea also disappears.
Then why do we need singing roads? In Japan, this is how drivers are encouraged to observe the speed limit. If you want to listen to something articulate — drive at a certain speed. It works for the Japanese, because they are basically law-abiding people.
Will it work in Russia? Unlikely. Although back in 2014, the road workers planned to create something similar on the M-4 Don highway, so far the idea has not been implemented. But in addition to speed bumps, heaps of video cameras over every intersection and an abundance of road signs, noise markings began to be applied to the asphalt pavement of Russian highways. If you drive into it at high speed, an eerie noise is heard from under the wheels, and the body begins to vibrate — willy-nilly slow down. By the way, there is such a «striped grater» on the asphalt much cheaper than a musical one.
If people come to see the singing fountains in Barcelona or Dubai as if they were a wonder of the world, and at the same time to get a lot of positive emotions, then the musical roads do not cause anything but laughter, and more often irritation and psychosis. Moreover, even Western motorists, who are notable for their enviable law-abidingness, began to violate traffic rules, trying as quickly as possible to pass the section with annoying noise that has nothing to do with music.
So, in which countries there are music sections on highways.
The first singing road called Asphaltphone appeared here. It still exists. How effective is unknown. Apparently, it does not bother the local residents, because the media did not talk about any protests. Apparently, everything went well in Denmark — the road is far from settlements and is not too overloaded with cars.
The Singing Road was built here near Anyang City in 2006. You need to drive along it at a speed of 100 km / h, this is the only way to clearly hear the motive of the children’s English song “Mary Had a Lamb”.
There is also a musical highway here, and not one, but three — the first appeared a year later than in South Korea. The person who discovered an interesting property in the cuts in the asphalt is not a scientist or a musician, but a simple bulldozer driver. After his technique, jaggedness remained on the road surface, and when driving on them, the wheels of the cars created something resembling a melody.
Today, there are 30 musical road sections in Japan, three in Hiroshima, eleven in Gunma Prefecture, two in Oita, the same in Shizuoka and Ehime, four in Hokkaido and one each in all other prefectures. You can hear melodies only at a speed of 40-50 km / h, in other cases — a cacophony.
The musical road appeared here in 2008. And they made it exclusively for filming the video for the new Honda Civic. The original location infuriated the residents of the nearby village, so the road builders had to move their brainchild away from people. Today, Civic Musical Road is located in the far left lane on the west side of the road between G 30 and West 40 Streets in Lancaster.
In an interesting way, local officials noted the appointment of the city of Leeuwarden, which in the Dutch province of Friesland, the European cultural capital of 2018. They decided to install a singing road right in the center of the village of Jelsum, allegedly taking care of road safety — when driving at a speed of 50 km / h, the Friesland anthem sounded more — less normal, and when the speed limit was exceeded, it turned into a cacophony. 80 thousand euros were spent on the construction of the musical section of the road.
But they didn’t think about the residents, and they rebelled within 2 days after the music section was put into operation. People were not bothered by fighters taking off from a nearby military airfield, because they stopped flying at 17 o’clock. The singing road made a cacophonic noise around the clock, and it was like torture. Residents called this bullying a psychological attack. The thread on the asphalt was removed after a few days.
Musical roads are definitely not needed — they make no sense. Well, since in some countries they exist, as you will be there, do not be too lazy to ride a rented car. Maybe you will be able to hear the melodies that their creators laid under the wheels of passing cars.
Photos are taken from open sources.