Are 3D markings the future?

by Debbie Mann

Crossing the road can be a precarious business, especially if you are elderly or vulnerable.

In Tauranga in New Zealand 3D crossings have been used in an attempt to slow down approaching drivers, and it’s working.

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Using Geveko’s PREMARK® to mark the crossing, an optical illusion is created which makes it appear the lines are floating. The aim is to make the roads safer as drivers will naturally slow down on approach.

Anamorphic illusion creates the design and the crossing only appears 3D from a specific angle. The reaction has been positive to the new markings, which has seen a decrease in speed from traffic approaching the crossings.

A trial 3D crossing has been laid in Westminster in London for 12 months to test the reaction of drivers and pedestrians. Other countries including Iceland, France, China and India have also been trialling 3D crossings, some of which have been targeted around school areas to increase safety, especially during peak times.

“There’s no doubt that new, innovative ideas are needed to ensure drivers stay aware while on the roads. It would be great to see more of these crossings in the UK so we could really see the impact they could have if rolled out nationally.” Debbie Mann

31 May 2019
Category: Parallel Lines Blog