Driving is one of the most dangerous ways to get around. As much as car companies try to account for this when designing new safety features for their vehicles, there's only so much they can do to ensure drivers’ safety. With that in mind, city planners all over the world are testing out 3D crosswalks in hopes of slowing down traffic on busy streets.
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While 3D street art has been around for years, the idea of using it in this way is definitely new, and will hopefully be effective. When an Icelandic environmental commissioner, named Ralf Trylla, saw this happening in New Delhi, India, he decided to give it a try.
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He came together with street painting company Vegmálun GÍH to create the effect. It took weeks of trial and error, but the team was eventually able to complete the design and so far it seems to be working. The crosswalk is not only safer, but also a lot of fun. Similarly, after being inspired by other projects in Europe, Outremont borough councillors decided to experiment with the concept in Montreal.
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One of the members, Mindy Pollak, said, “It’s something that’s been done in Europe. Apparently we’re the first in Quebec and Canada to actually do it, so it’s going to be interesting to see if, statistically, it actually does reduce the number of accidents.” Time will tell if the tactic, which costs $1,590.50 for a single crosswalk, as opposed to $84 for a regular crosswalk, will actually work.
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There are even some versions, like the one above, that take the creativity to the next level. Check out the video below to see a 3D crosswalk, designed by 26-year-old Shivrama Krishna, being built and used in India...