How Two Women Help Children Cross the busy Streets of India
How did the chicken cross the road? Very carefully, for sure, because traffic safety is no joke. The dangers of having a lot of people move around in a crowded space with considerable speed has led a lot of people to look at what can be done to make all this safer. Urban designers will always try to find ways to smooth the flow of traffic and keep every participant as safe as possible.
A lot of times, these solutions are found in signs or instructions painted on the road. Even then, drivers will not always pay full attention to those. Regular zebra crossings don’t always cause drivers to stop or even slow down.
Sometimes, the best solutions come from unexpected angles. Two Indian women recently delivered a great new perspective in road safety.
Artists Saumya Pandya Thakkar and Shakuntala Pandya created a pedestrian crossing out of street art. By designing the zebra crossing as a 3D illusion, drivers get the impression that they’re nearing a road block instead of an ordinary pedestrian crossing and slow down. With all the school children crossing the road, this decreased speed will make a big difference in the safety for those children. By the time the vehicle gets closer, it’s clear that there is no actual blockade, and traffic flow continues.
Their idea has worked so far, eliminating all accidents since January, and the local government of Ahmedabad is going to use their concept around more schools and other areas that are prone to accidents, while the two artists keep their copyrights on their road block illusions.