This ought to slow ’em down

Don’t you think?

3d zebra crossing in Iceland

Bored Panda reports:

In the small fishing town of Ísafjörður, Iceland, an exciting development in road safety has just popped up — almost literally. A new pedestrian crossing has been painted that appears to be 3D by way of a cleverly-detailed optical illusion.

Not only does the innovative design give foot-travelers the feeling of walking on air, it also gets the attention of drivers, who will be sure to slow down their speed once they spot the seemingly floating “zebra stripes.” Icelandic environmental commissioner Ralf Trylla called for its placement in Ísafjörður after seeing a similar project being carried out in New Delhi, India. With the help of street painting company Vegmálun GÍH, his vision became a reality.

Ísafjörður, in the far northwest of Iceland, has about 2500 residents.

(Photo by Linda Björk Pétursdóttir.)


  1. Dan T. »

    31 October 2017 · 6:45 am

    Maybe make them pronounce and spell “Ísafjörður” before proceeding… that’ll really slow them down.

  2. McGehee »

    31 October 2017 · 8:58 am

    Must be a one-way street.

  3. McGehee »

    31 October 2017 · 9:01 am

    …which I’ve just confirmed on Street View. The new crosswalks, however, had not yet been … um, installed when the car was there last.

  4. Holly Hunter »

    31 October 2017 · 10:18 am

    Dan- good one.
    Brilliant idea.
    The only downside might be — once the motorists get used to ignoring it, they may start running into actual objects. Although…I guess they aren’t likely to encounter actual floating crosswalks, anytime soon.

  5. Tatyana »

    1 November 2017 · 5:41 am

    A small detail: it look that cool only from a certain point and certain distance. Which might prove to short for really slowing down.

  6. nightfly »

    1 November 2017 · 1:18 pm

    Interesting to see if one could adapt the idea to speed bumps – they would still be elevated of course, but they would look steeper than they really were.

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