Students Design 3D Crosswalk Optical Illusion to Slow Traffic Down After Close Call

April 30, 2019 Updated: April 30, 2019

Most drivers would put on the brakes pretty quickly if they came up to a a pedestrian crossing blocked by road barrier.

The human mind is conditioned, while driving, to exercise caution when your peripheral catches a glimpse of something that could be seen as an obstacle. It’s why drunk drivers are considered so dangerous, and why road signs are placed in ways that our peripheral vision will spot them even when we’re focused on the road in front of us.

With so many drivers distracted nowadays, though, a group of elementary school students decided that just having white lines on their school’s crosswalk wasn’t enough. In schools zones especially, drivers have to pay attention to unwary kids darting from either side.

Nate Swain Street Artists 发布于 2019年4月21日周日

Isa and Eric, a pair of students at Brooks Elementary School in Medford, Massachusetts, said that a close encounter for Eric’s brother at their crosswalk prompted the pair to think up a way to make the crossing safer. That’s when they came up with the idea for a 3-D crosswalk painting, which will give drivers the illusion of a barrier with both height and width in order to slow them down and take a second look before driving through.

“When you’re walking across you can tell it’s painted, but what we hope is, when you’re driving down, you’ll see it as 3D, three dimensional. So it looks real,” Isa told WBNS 10-TV.

Nate Swain Street Artists 发布于 2019年4月21日周日

The two students are members of the Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (CCSR), which has helped them find inspiration as they searched for an active solution to cars rushing through crosswalks and putting students in danger.

Local artist Nate Swain was brought in to bring their idea to life, and the end result really stands out—not only does it look realistic, but it provides an inexpensive way to slow cars down without the suspension-damaging speed bumps that some communities choose to install instead.

CCSR advisor and Brooks Elementary teacher Mike Coates worked with the two students to help navigate the city’s bureaucracy and get the project approved, and he’s thrilled that it was seen through to fruition. “I think it’s great. It certainly would make me stop,” said Coates. “It’s a great example of them sticking to an idea and going through all the steps and talking, in this case, to all the adults and all the powers that be.”

3D Crosswalk

"It looks amazing and it's just paint!"

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The project was unveiled a full year after the two students initially made their proposal, but the result will be well worth the wait. It received such a positive response when it was unveiled that the city now has plans to add similar crosswalks to the other three elementary schools located in Medford before summer hits—and hopefully, the idea will take off enough to see it implemented in other places, too.

Every year, statistics estimate that around 100 school-aged children are killed in collisions while walking to get to school, and around 50 of those are believed to be children under the age of 15.

That’s a number that can hopefully plummet with safer driving—and in Medford, these new crosswalks should be a huge boost to move in that safer direction.

Elementary Students Create 3D Crosswalks in Medford, Massachusetts

These students created an optical illusion crosswalk to prevent speeding in school zones

NowThis 发布于 2019年4月28日周日