Canada is taking a page from France, India and Germany when it comes to road safety and pedestrians. Montreal City workers are painting 3D style optical illusions in crosswalks.
The Montreal borough of Outremont is the latest city to use optics as a way to slow down drivers to yield to crossing pedestrians. The updated crosswalks don't come cheap. The 3D crosswalks can cost up to $3000, whereas the standard crosswalk costs a couple of hundred.
This technique has already been used successfully in Iceland, Iraq and Mozambique.
It could work in Montreal as well.
But people were less optimistic.
Great until the accidents start to pile up.— The Resistor, just resisting (@rbertbert) July 11, 2018
Bad idea... first there will be accidents from people slamming in their brakes. Then, people will ignore them.— Happy Zombie Cat (@CatFaceZombie) July 11, 2018
And people veering off the road at high speed to avoid the floating white blocks— Trumpocrat 🇺🇸🛠🍺 (@Trumpocrat2) July 11, 2018
Others saw the up side.
That's pretty cool! I wonder how pedestrians are reacting to it: Do they spend more time crossing the street now?— Charles Deluvio (@charlesdeluvio) July 10, 2018
Yeah, I would just want to hang out in the crosswalk and take pictures— Max Kaplun (@maxkaplun) July 10, 2018
Dude, I love on that corner! Literally just walked past it 👋🏻— Martin Reisch (@safesolvent) July 10, 2018
Just remember to look both ways before crossing.