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Unconventional zebra crossings: creative or disturbed?

2017-Aug-23       Source: Newsgd.com

Shenzhen traffic police recently posted a set of photos of the city’s first 3-D zebra crossing on Weibo, sznews.com reported on August 20, 2017.

Shenzhen traffic police recently posted a set of photos of the city’s first 3-D zebra crossing on Weibo, sznews.com reported on August 20, 2017.

Located on Lianhua Branch Road in Futian District, the zebra crossing is about 30 meters away from the front entrance of the city’s traffic police bureau. Different from the ordinary zebra crossing, the 3-D version has added two colors. Blue blocks are added parallel to the white blocks. And yellow blocks are painted on the two ends. Therefore, whether seen from afar or nearby, or from a vertical or horizontal angle, the three-colored zebra crossing looks like it’s rising up from the ground and is very eye-catching.

[Photosznews.com]

Netizens have given mixed opinions about the 3-D zebra crossing. Advocates think that it is a kind of innovation that can strengthen drivers’ awareness of needing to slow down and give priority to the pedestrians. While opponents worry that drivers will be disturbed and the original intention will backfire by increasing new security risks.

It has been reported that 3-D zebra crossings are not a new thing, and have already appeared in many cities in China as well as foreign countries.


Optical illusion to slow down drivers in Tianjin

A new 3D zebra crossing is painted at a pedestrian crossing on a busy street in Tianjin in an effort to reduce traffic accidents. The visual trick is believed to be able to slow down drivers. (Chinanews.com)


3D zebra crossings painted on Beijing roads to reduce accidents

Recently, 3D zebra crossings have been painted on some of Beijing’s busiest crossroads. These zebra crossings have a three-dimensional effect in both day and night, reminding drivers to slow down when approaching them.

From the drivers’ view, the 3D effect is obvious. According to Liu Shupeng, who works at the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau, the innovative crossings are an improved version of the standard ones.

The white, blue, and yellow colors side by side tricks drivers into slow downing before they find out it is nothing but a zebra crossing.


A coordinator on duty at a crossroad said that the 3D zebra lines have worked well, forcing vehicles to slow down.

They have also received applause from pedestrians. A woman said accidents frequently happen at crossroads between right-turning drivers and pedestrians. She believes the new crossings will help reduce the frequency of such accidents.


However, some drivers wonder if they will lose their function after people get used to them.

The traffic management bureau said they will evaluate their effects and promote them citywide if positive.


3D Zebra Crossing Introduced to Prevent Drivers from Speeding in north China

Handan, city in north China’s Hebei province, got its first 3D zebra crossing for the pedestrians about a month ago. The crossing that appears to be elevated will signal drivers to stop and allow people walk across the road safely.


The zebra crossing has an optical illusion that looks three dimensional when viewed from a distance. It aims to grab the attention of the drivers and eventually slow down their speed.


Traffic police said the number of traffic accidents occurred in the intersection where the 3D zebra crossing was installed have been significantly reduced from the month before.


3D Zebra Crossing Unveiled in Shanghai

Pedestrians walk across a set of 3D zebra crossings in the Caohejing development zone in Shanghai on May 16, 2016. The local authority hopes to raise awareness and encourage its citizens to follow traffic rules and avoid jaywalking, by painting a picture with a 3D effect on a set of zebra crossings. [Photo: xinhua]


Pedestrians walk across a set of 3D zebra crossings in the Caohejing development zone in Shanghai on May 16, 2016. The local authority hopes to raise awareness and encourage its citizens to follow traffic rules and avoid jaywalking, by painting a picture with a 3D effect on a set of zebra crossings. [Photo: xinhua]


Colorful 3D zebra crossing seen in China's Changsha

Photo taken on Jan. 29, 2015 shows the colorful 3D zebra crossing on Kaiyuan West Road in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province. The 3D zebra crossing are designed to alarm drivers as they drive across the intersection. (Xinhua/Long Hongtao)


Love zebra crossing in Chengdu

The red-ground zebra crossing, first such work in China, was painted with words "I Love You" and two linked hearts. The "red carpet" was created to send blessings to local couples, and to remind people of traffic regulations.


"We designed this love zebra crossing not only for newly-married couples. It gives warmth and love to everyone who walks over it," a Chengdu traffic policeman said.


Zebra crossing highlights art forms

On July 7 people walk across the street on a zebra crossing featuring Shaanxi opera masks and shadow puppet imagery. The zebra crossings are located in a residential area in Qujiang District, Xi'an. Shaanxi opera and shadow puppetry are typical Shaanxi local art forms. Shaanxi Opera is one of the oldest forms of opera in China and its masks have had a great influence on the facial make-up of Peking Opera. [Photo:Xinhuanet]


On July 7 people walk across the street on a zebra crossing featuring Shaanxi opera masks and shadow puppet imagery. The zebra crossings are located in a residential area in Qujiang District, Xi'an. Shaanxi opera and shadow puppetry are typical Shaanxi local art forms. Shaanxi Opera is one of the oldest forms of opera in China and its masks have had a great influence on the facial make-up of Peking Opera. [Photo:Xinhuanet]


On July 7 people walk across the street on a zebra crossing featuring Shaanxi opera masks and shadow puppet imagery. The zebra crossings are located in a residential area in Qujiang District, Xi'an. Shaanxi opera and shadow puppetry are typical Shaanxi local art forms. Shaanxi Opera is one of the oldest forms of opera in China and its masks have had a great influence on the facial make-up of Peking Opera. [Photo:Xinhuanet]


Narrowest zebra crossing in SW China

Photo taken on Aug. 12 shows the narrowest zebra crossing which is less than 1 meter wide at an intersection in the city of Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province. (Photo/CNS)


Photo taken on Aug. 12 shows the narrowest zebra crossing which is less than 1 meter wide at an intersection in the city of Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province. (Photo/CNS)


Photo taken on Aug. 12 shows the narrowest zebra crossing which is less than 1 meter wide at an intersection in the city of Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province. (Photo/CNS) 


Bizarre intersection in C China

Instead of a refuge island, a parterre is built in the intersection of the three zebra crossings in the city of Chenzhou, central's China's Hunan province. Pedestrians complain that they have no place to stop after crossing the zebra crossings. (Photo/CNS)


Instead of a refuge island, a parterre is built in the intersection of the three zebra crossings in the city of Chenzhou, central's China's Hunan province. Pedestrians complain that they have no place to stop after crossing the zebra crossings. (Photo/CNS)


Instead of a refuge island, a parterre is built in the intersection of the three zebra crossings in the city of Chenzhou, central's China's Hunan province. Pedestrians complain that they have no place to stop after crossing the zebra crossings. (Photo/CNS)


Funny zebra crossings

The "singing" zebra crossing


Colorful zebra crossing


The three-dimensional appearance zebra crossing


How colorful!


Steve Jobs?


Flowers.


Fish bone.


Zebra, you are in the way.


What's this?


A giant footprint.


Is this some kind of code signal?


3-D.


Bar code.


What?


Mcdonald's


Snoopy


A bridge.


Zipper.


Sliding blocks?


Inception?

Editor: Monica Liu

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