This Illusory Indian Crosswalk Design Enhances Safety for Pedestrians

By: Alyson Wyers - Apr 30, 2016
References: facebook & wired
This illusory crosswalk design is intended to improve road safety in west India. Created by the mother and daughter team Saumya Pandya Thakkar, the Ahmedabad artwork stops drivers with an optical illusion. Instead of relying on arguably ineffective zebra stripes, the crosswalk design has a 3D effect, giving the appearance of roadblocks.

Using the principles of anamorphism, the cleverly painted crosswalk is supposed to make crossing the street safer for pedestrians. The effect also takes distance into account, so drivers hopefully won't be doing any panicked break stomping.

This visual technique has also been used in China. While data on the effectiveness of the 3D lines compared to the classic Abbey Road-esque stops is not yet available, the design is definitely more appealing esthetically.