Sunday 28 April 2019 9:02 AM UTC
LONDON April 28: A new 3D optical illusion zebra crossing, which creates a floating effect, was introduced in St John’s Wood by Westminster City Council as part of a 12-month trial.
Westminster City Council said the design had “been proven” to make roads safer, with one similar crossing in New Delhi, India, leading to average speeds dropping from 31mph (50kph) to 19mph (30kph). The prototype above was installed in wealthy St John’s Wood High Street eight weeks ago at a cost of £3,000, and Westminster Council say it has proved a success, slowing motorists to a crawl.
The move follows the creation of similar schemes in other countries.
It’s a sight to bring any motorist screeching to a halt – concrete slabs lying in the road.
But this is nothing more than an optical illusion – a pioneering 3D-effect zebra crossing that may soon be seen across the country following a successful trial in London.
The results echo another pilot scheme in New Delhi, India, where the 3D crossings led to average speeds dropping from 31mph to 19mph. Now councils across the UK are planning similar crossings.
The AA said it was “worth a try” but warned the safety of both drivers and pedestrians needed to be monitored.
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