Global Times reported that new “3D zebra crosswalks” have been implemented to prevent rash driving and improve public safety when crossing the street. While we don’t know exactly why they were given the 3D zebra crosswalk name, as they bear no resemblance to the African equid, nor do they stand out or up when compared to your normal, or more 2D, crosswalk.
So far these experimental crossing areas have only been put into use on busy roads in Fengtai and Haidian Districts, so that traffic authorities can monitor whether or not it makes a difference in curbing dangerous driving at these intersections. Dangerous driving is no doubt a citywide occurrence, so we welcome any innovation if it can help.
As can be seen from the photos, from a driver’s perspective these shapes would appear elevated, mimicking the sight of a physical barrier. While we aren’t entirely convinced whether this is safe or a hazard to both drivers and pedestrians, the city will also await the outcome of this experiment before rolling it out at intersections around the entire city.
So far traffic wardens have been pleased with the results, though further testing is required regarding their impact on slowing down cars at these intersections. We still think it would work better if these “3D zebra patterns” actually looked like the zebras from the Serengeti Plains.
The creative display is part of a citywide attempt to better enforce traffic rules. So far it has been reported that over 27,700 tickets were issued to drivers who have violated traffic laws since June 12. In a city of nearly 6 million cars, and when you consider the amount of traffic violations we see on a daily basis, we would say jiāyóu, and hope that the crackdown on improper vehicle piloting continues.