Mind-Bending Zebra Crossing Creates Illusion Of Kids ‘Floating’ Across Road
By Izza Sofia, 02 Dec 2019
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Thailand has developed a smart way to reduce accident rates on the road.
Funded by Thailand’s Government Savings Bank, the project involves students and volunteers painting a zebra crossing that appears to be “levitating” at the entrance of Wat Bueng Thong Lang school in Bangkok.
The optical illusion forces drivers to stop while pedestrians are crossing. In addition, the artwork’s planks look like they are floating a couple of inches above ground.
The new project has garnered positive responses, including that of parent Mr Uthit Sak-Udom, who drives his daughter to school. He says when people are “levitating above the road,” it attracts the driver’s attention.
According to the National Health Security Office (NHSO), 10,672 accidents in Thailand involving pedestrians have occurred over the past four years, and over 900 people died.
A survey carried out by Super Poll back in 2016 also indicated that 90-percent of 1,204 participants did not feel safe about crossing the road, even when on a pedestrian crossing.
Thailand's 'floating' Zebra Crossing makes drivers stop and look— Kibra Finest #KOTLoyals (@KibraFinest) November 28, 2019
children walking on the zebra crossing look as if they are stepping from one white board, floating above the road, - but it is just an optical illusion, created by a volunteer group aimed at making roads safer pic.twitter.com/OFDIszgByt
[via The Straits Times, opening image via Shutterstock]
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