Outremont has become the first Montreal borough to paint a “3D Crosswalk” on one of its streets! The plan was announced by Projet Montreal on Twitter as an effort to make vehicles slow down more where there is high pedestrian traffic.
The idea originated in Iceland, where a street in the Westfjords has had such a crosswalk since at least 2017.
The 3D Crosswalk was printed on Bernard Street Tuesday morning, at the corner of Champagneur. It’s an intersection that was targeted by authorities as being “high-risk”. Many pedestrians have been involved in accidents there. The idea is to trick drivers into thinking there is an obstacle, to make them slow down.
Reportedly, the main problem with this intersection is that cars don’t give pedestrians the right of way, even though they’re supposed to.
What do you think of this initiative? Will it be efficient in slowing down cars? Or will it just become a distraction for pedestrians, who will inevitably want their photos taken on it?