Bumps, Humps, and Lumps

Posted by Ted on Mar 2, 2009 in Biking

During a break in the rain this afternoon, I headed away from the hills.

17.65 km in 71 mins, at 14.8 kph

My route took me out to where I could see San Francisco across a hazy gray Bay. I passed a set of apartment buildings that we looked at in Alameda back in October – nothing on Shoreline Drive has any soul, but they have a great view. As the sun was setting and impending storm clouds gathered, I headed back. Unfortunately, I hit a pothole and blew out my front tire. I rode very carefully to the Golden Hours liquor store, and waited for the 53 bus to take me up Fruitvale Avenue.

One thing I learned on this ride is that every town has a different name for those traffic slowing devices in the road.

Oakland has bumps, Berkeley has humps, and Alameda has lumps.


An adventurer at heart, Ted Beatie is at his happiest when he’s off the beaten path. His deepest passion is sharing the world through photography and writing, found at The Pocket Explorer. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.


Mar 3, 2009 at 4:57 am

You might enjoy riding around Lake Chabot, between San Leandro and Castro Valley.
And if you do head down San Leandro way, wave to our old house for us!

Mar 3, 2009 at 5:51 am

Here they are berms. However my friend calls them “Ahhhh!!! I HATE those boob bouncers!

Mar 4, 2009 at 5:29 am

The best name I have heard for the traffic slowing devices is “dead policemen”, which apparently hails from various countries in South America and, of all places, Albania.