Iceland Is Testing 3D Crosswalks

Submitted by: monkwarrior 3 weeks ago in News & Politics


Will this help improve pedestrian safety? Should these crosswalks be installed everywhere?
There are 23 comments:
Male 331
Am I the only one who noticed that little kid, in the middle of the street on his bike, almost getting run over by the SUV that flew through the illusion crosswalk at the 0:59 mark of the video?!  The illusion looks really cool IMO but it didn't slow that vehicle down at all.  Luckily the driver slowed down after the crosswalk though, and the kid steered away from the oncoming vehicle a bit.  Like others commented, drivers may already know it's there or they would get used to them being there.  
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Male 1
I visited Iceland in 2013 with some friends. We found that more often than not, drivers would slow down to let us cross whether we were at a crossing or not.
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Male 3,758
How does the illusion work from the other side of traffic?
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Male 10,297
kalron27 It doesn't.
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Male 1,285
There are more cars in Iceland than people. In 2015 there were 639 people hurt in MVAs. With 9 people being killed.  With a population of just over 300,000.
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Male 4,369
I bet  it braeks down  on the frist day
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Male 597
dm2754 It looks like your typing skills have broken down.  Two double spaces, two typos and no punctuation.  
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Male 4,369
jclv yes go after someone's English kills when you don't have a point of your own. it's pathetic
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Male 597
dm2754 Actually, I said "your typing skills" and while we're on the subject, you misspelled "skills" in your comment.
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Male 4,369
jclv wow you are a racist piece of shit aren't you.
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Male 597
dm2754 Wow. Trying to play the race card when I don't even know your race.  That's just pathetic.  For that matter, when the hell did I say anything even remotely racist to you?!
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Male 1,820
jclv This is bad editing not bad typing.
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Male 1,529
what sorcery is this?
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Male 40,476
I think there are going to be a lot of drivers slamming on their break and causing rear-end collisions 
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Male 10,297
This gets you to slow down the first time, but I fail to see how it changes your driving habits on subsequent times.
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Male 1,838
Nice. Although I think these questions are premature. The whole point of "testing" these sidewalks is to get a good sample size of how effective they are over a long period of time.
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Male 4,092
My first thought, are there that many trucks (and traffic) in iceland that people are routinely getting mowed over?
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Male 1,273
It may help temporarily, but after a bit I bet people just ignore them the way they ignore regular crosswalks.  You'd need to change the look every year, or less, to have a long lasting impact and I just do not think that is cost effective.
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Male 1,820
waldo863 Cost effective cost esmective it just looks cool.
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Male 1,020
waldo863 The biggest effect comes from when you're driving and not properly paying attention. Your visual cordex will pick this up as a obstacle where a single line won't be.  This is to startle the drive into paying attention.
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Male 1,273
punko Yeah...that will happen the first few times....until people get used to it.  
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Male 1,020
waldo863 If you're consciously looking at them, then they won't make you stop more than a normal crosswalk.  If you're not paying attention, your reflexes should make you hit the brakes.  Unless, of course, you don't worry about objects on the road when you drive.
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