It’s a view designed to get a driver’s attention.
As WBZ reports, Isa is a fourth-grader at Brooks Elementary School in Medford, Massachusetts. When her friend Eric’s brother was nearly hit by a car, Eric and Isa began thinking about how they could make it safer for kids to cross the street by their school.
“We were thinking of a way we could do something to help make the street safer,” 10-year-old Isa told WBZ.
Together, the pair came up with a creative solution: a crosswalk that is also an optical illusion.
To those on the ground, the crosswalk doesn’t look that unusual. But to an approaching driver, the crosswalk looks like it’s floating above the ground. As Isa explained:
“When you’re walking across you can tell it’s painted, but what we hope is, when you’re driving down, you’ll see it as 3D, three dimensional. So it looks real.”
The pair took their 3-D crosswalk idea to Mike Coates, a teacher at their school and adviser for a program that encourages children to get involved with the community. Coates helped the kids navigate the city’s bureaucracy and advocate for their project.
“It’s a great example of them sticking to an idea and going through all the steps and talking, in this case, to all the adults and all the powers that be,” he said.
It took about a year for the crosswalk to get approved. A local artist painted the 3-D effect, and Isa says she’s delighted with the results:
“I love it. It looks amazing. Exactly how I pictured it and more.”
Coates agreed, telling WBZ, “I think it’s great. It certainly would make me stop.”
The city plans to add 3-D crosswalks to other area elementary schools soon.