Iceland is definitely looking ‘cool’ today. Street painting firm Vegmalun GIH has given a small fishing town an ingenious and cleverly-detailed 2D visual to ‘catch’ drivers’ eyes – a 3D zebra crossing!
There’s nothing particularly complex about its conception. It’s a flat painted image of a zebra crossing that is perceived as three dimensional, making drivers believe they have seen an obstacle in the road, therefore slowing down and reducing the risk of causing accidents in pedestrianized areas.
Ralf Trylla, Iceland’s environmental commissioner, has pushed through the idea after seeing such a creation in New Delhi, India aimed at speeding vehicles.
The 2D black and white striped crossing was first introduced in the United Kingdom by M.P. James Callaghan back in 1948. After paying a visit to the Transport Research Laboratory and being shown the new idea for a safe pedestrian crossing, it is remarked that Callaghan had said the crossing resembled a zebra.
However, in recent times, the striking monochrome crossing has not been used as intended, therefore resulting in an increasing number of pedestrian deaths. So, as well as several councils across the country installing enforcement cameras at crossings to catch the perpetrators, the 3D zebra crossing could well be the last piece in the pedestrian safety jigsaw to reduce the number of avoidable deaths.