The first three-dimensional crosswalk in Israel was unveiled Sunday in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon.
At first glance, the crosswalk appears to be a three-dimensional obstacle. Drivers encountering the illusion immediately, instinctively slow down – and that’s the point.
The optical illusion been installed in a number of spots around the world since its debut in India in 2016. It’s intended to slow down drivers and reduce accidents.
Since January 1, there have been 22 pedestrian deaths in Israel from motor vehicle accidents.
Ashkelon Mayor Tomer Glahm told the Hebrew-language Maariv daily newspaper, “I believe that with this innovative solution coming to our city, we’ll see fewer accidents, and fewer casualties.”
Last month, the Tel Aviv municipality began experimenting with “zombie lights” in order to help keep pedestrian cell phone users safe while they’re obsessed with their mobile apps.