Road safety has entered another dimension with 3D Zebra Crossings

by Debbie Mann

3D zebra crossing

3D Zebra Crossings are a relatively new concept, but several town across the globe have already introduced this new and exciting line marking trend, from Ísafjörður in Iceland to Taipei City in Taiwan.

The idea for these markings came about as an imaginative solution to stop cars and let pedestrians cross the road without the aid of traffic lights as well as slowing motorists down without the aid of speed bumps, as he or she perceives obstacles are blocking the road ahead.

These ‘trippy’ pedestrian crossings are designed to look like a floating 3D optical illusion and this 3D appearance is achieved through marking out rectangular volumes draw in perspective and adding bright and bold colours to really make these markings stand out.

This design makes the markings look as though they are hovering when viewed from ground level, which has an impact on approaching drivers, but when looked at from above they appear as columns, which creates a unique experience for pedestrians too - they feel as though they are walking on air.


Hazard or Help?

Despite the overall response to these markings being a positive one, concerns have been raised surrounding the actual safety of these crossings, with many suggesting that they pose a risk to vehicles suddenly breaking.

However, companies and councils who have introduced these markings have stated that they do not lead to sudden breaking risks, as when you actually reach the markings they appear as mild slanting strips with micro 3D effects. 

In other words, the illusion can only be achieved from a certain perspective, so as drivers move towards the markings, this certain perspective will only exist for a few seconds. It is more the fact that the markings are brightly coloured that make them stand out and will encourage motorists to slow down to inspect these ‘abnormal markings’. 

We think that these markings are certainly interesting and would be a great addition to improve road safety around schools for example. Their fun and colourful appearance will help to encourage students to use the actual crossings, rather than attempting to cross where there is no crossing.


Will we be adding these markings to the services we offer? It is definitely something that we would be interested in experimenting with.  

What are your thoughts on these 3D road markings?

16 Apr 2018
Category: News