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freeway onramps are almost always
utilitarianly, ubiquitously, grey and boring.
while there are many attempts by road
planners and designers to liven up their
freeways, (most notably in my mind the
arizona state highways which also
measure distance in metric), none are
in terms of visual
freeway onramps should be made up of
mosaic tiles that are patterned after the
area below and to the sides of the ramp. a
speed bump designed for impact at high
speeds is placed at the start of the ramp
to simulate a jump. the combination of
speed bump and mosaic result in the
illusion of jumping onto the freeway from
the group level.
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jul 11 2006]
Wikipedia: Evel Knievel
"Goddamn! Double the guard!" [jutta, Jul 11 2006]
||Number one: You've got to install Whee Shocks [link]
Number two: I am Not, laying the tile.
||I'm a little disappointed that it's only an illusion, as I was hoping to *fly* onto the highway, but it's still a fun idea. +
||I was hoping for a seperate ramp next to the normal one for those that really want to launch in to traffic
||those were considered as possibilities, but
i couldn't think of a method that would get
the cars to the freeway consistently
without huge power requirements and
danger to those using pacemakers.
||[tcarson] Your shift keys appear to be broken.
||[tcarson] Isn't the lack of consistancy part of the fun? Besides, it might help eliminate some fools who don't pay attention and gain sufficient speed when they hit the "launch entry only" ramp.
||maybe the mosaic should be combined
with a trapdoor that will drop the cars if a
certain criteria isn't met. certain types of
cars, say hummers for instance, can be
singled out as well.
||[a speed bump designed for impact at high speeds is placed at the start of the ramp to simulate a jump]
||As a motorcyclist I have gotten street bikes airborne using the slightest of bumps, not always intentionally. I think you may exceed your illusion and fly right out into reality.
||This should help cops chasing criminals in old LeSabres and Caprices with bad (or non-working) shocks and/or loose bits on the bottom, too--the cops make the bumps no problem, the big old boats... ehh... self-dismantle rather rapidly. +