Valencia Pioneers Spain’s New 3D Crossings

Almussafes, a town in the Valencia region, has become a pioneer in road safety after installing an innovative 3D pedestrian crossing in an effort to to “trick” speeding motorists into slowing down.

The pilot project was painted last week on Calle de Ausias March which is busy road leading to the sports centre.

It creates an optical illusion that instinctively causes motorists to brake on approach serving the same purpose as speed bumps but without restricting trucks and emergency vehicles.

Toni González, the mayor of Almussafes said that “the effectiveness of the new crossing, which is the first of its kind in Spain, will be monitored with a view to extending them across the town at other crossing hot-spots outside schools and busy shopping areas.

Photo from The Local

China appears to have been the first to pioneer the idea, with 3D “zebra crossings”, with New Zealand adding some real artistic additions ( see video above) . Although painted on the road, they appear to be a roadblock, so drivers can see them from a distance and have more time to slow down.