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Town in Iceland Paints 3D Zebra Crosswalk To Slow Down Speeding Cars
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Town in Iceland Paints 3D Zebra Crosswalk To Slow Down Speeding Cars

Since 2008 the deaths of pedestrians in traffic have increased 41 percent, with more than 6.000 fatalities per year. Though there are many causes for that, unlit and unsafe road crossings and reckless drivers might make the bigger part of it, and many countries have different ways of dealing that, but Iceland probably has the most creative solution for road safety.

In the small fishing town of Ísafjörður, Iceland, an exciting development in pedestrian crossing safety has just popped up – almost literally. A new kind of speed bumps has been painted that appears to be 3D by way of a cleverly-detailed optical illusion.

Not only does the innovative design give foot-travelers the feeling of walking on air, but the 3D painting also gets the attention of drivers, who will be sure to slow down their speed once they spot the seemingly floating ‘zebra stripes.’ Icelandic environmental commissioner Ralf Trylla called for its placement in Ísafjörður after seeing a similar project being carried out in New Delhi, India. With the help of street painting company Vegmálun GÍH, his vision of pedestrian crossing signs became a reality.

Scroll down to see photos of the fascinating installment taken by Ágúst G. Atlason of Gústi Productions, and let us know if you’d like to see one of these crosswalks in your own city.

More info: Gústi Productions, Vegmálun GÍH (Icelandic)

Image credits: Gústi Productions

Image credits: Gústi Productions

Image credits: Gústi Productions

Image credits: Vegamálun GÍH

Image credits: Linda Björk Pétursdóttir

Image credits: Vegamálun GÍH

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Iris Jans
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4 years ago

I'm always a bit sceptic about this kind of thing.. saw a lot of examples of e.g. a child painted on the streets. I always fear that it could cause a driver to very quickly hit the brakes and cause an accident.. Also the effect kind of wears off for people who drive in those streets often.. I wonder if speed bumps aren't more effective.

Zori the degu
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4 years ago

They aren't. People that are new in my town never see the speed bump zebra. Which is fortunate, because they pass right in front of misfortunate pedestrians and then... Ooops, their cars jump slightly into the air, almost giving them a heart attack. What I'm trying to say is that they always get what they deserve for being careless while driving in a completely unfamiliar, I repeat, completely unfamiliar area.

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Fire Bird
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4 years ago

That SUV that came through at the end of the video, it didnt seem to phase him.

David Notari
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4 years ago

The video speeds up when the SUV goes through, you can tell because the people walking and riding bicycles also speed up.

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Ok Ha-Neul
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4 years ago

um this looks like a good excuse to cause an accident

Ziggy Tomcich
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4 years ago

It should, because it can also save someone's life which is much more valuable than a bumper. If several dozen cars get rear ended by inattentive drivers, and someone's life is saved who would've otherwise been run over by one of those inattentive drivers, than that's a good thing. A driver slowing down before a crosswalk can never cause an "accident" because an "accident" means nobody was at fault. Inattentive driving is dangerous, and deadly. It's far safer for cars to crash into other cars then it is for them to crash into people.

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Iris Jans
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm always a bit sceptic about this kind of thing.. saw a lot of examples of e.g. a child painted on the streets. I always fear that it could cause a driver to very quickly hit the brakes and cause an accident.. Also the effect kind of wears off for people who drive in those streets often.. I wonder if speed bumps aren't more effective.

Zori the degu
Community Member
4 years ago

They aren't. People that are new in my town never see the speed bump zebra. Which is fortunate, because they pass right in front of misfortunate pedestrians and then... Ooops, their cars jump slightly into the air, almost giving them a heart attack. What I'm trying to say is that they always get what they deserve for being careless while driving in a completely unfamiliar, I repeat, completely unfamiliar area.

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Fire Bird
Community Member
4 years ago

That SUV that came through at the end of the video, it didnt seem to phase him.

David Notari
Community Member
4 years ago

The video speeds up when the SUV goes through, you can tell because the people walking and riding bicycles also speed up.

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Ok Ha-Neul
Community Member
4 years ago

um this looks like a good excuse to cause an accident

Ziggy Tomcich
Community Member
4 years ago

It should, because it can also save someone's life which is much more valuable than a bumper. If several dozen cars get rear ended by inattentive drivers, and someone's life is saved who would've otherwise been run over by one of those inattentive drivers, than that's a good thing. A driver slowing down before a crosswalk can never cause an "accident" because an "accident" means nobody was at fault. Inattentive driving is dangerous, and deadly. It's far safer for cars to crash into other cars then it is for them to crash into people.

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