A 12 month trial has begun in St John’s Wood Highstreet, London, of a 3D style zebra crossing which gives the illusion of a physical object in the road, slowing down drivers and raising awareness of pedestrians in the road. This has followed on from similar schemes in other countries including India, where the crossing has caused speeds to fall from 31mph to 19mph.
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The crossing has stimulated mixed views amongst pedestrians and drivers, with some claiming it could cause drivers to panic and perform an emergency stop, leading to a higher risk of accidents. It has also been raised that pedestrians need to continue to be aware of their surroundings when crossing the road, as drivers may not always stop, especially once the crossing has been in place long enough for drivers to be aware of it.
What are your thoughts on the UK’s first 3D pedestrian crossing?