Curvy zebra crossings


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Curvy zebra crossings

Posted 6 October 2010 11:36 by martin

Hmmm…not convinced by this:


It's an 'ergo crosswalk' by jae min lim from Korea  – one of the 240 shortlisted entries from more than 5100 participants in a 'design for all' competition at the Seoul Design Fair 2010.  More here.

The designer's own words:

'When people cross roads, they tend to take the fastest shortcut.  They sometimes do it intentionally, but mostly it is an unconscious act.  This kind of action violates the traffic regulations and sometimes threatens the safety of the pedestrians.  The 'ergo crosswalk' is a design that makes people follow the law, as well as consider their habits or unconscious actions.  It will encourage pedestrians to follow the lines of the cross walk and protect them from any potential danger.  If regulations cannot force people to follow the law, wouldn't it be more reasonable to change the law and fulfill the main purpose of keeping the safety and convenience of the pedestrian?(…)'


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  1. Stephen Psallidas says:

    October 8th, 2010 at 11:53 am (#)

    In Australian cities they have official 'diagonal' zebra crossings across junctions, allowing pedestrians to cross two arms of a junction directly (obviously this requires all traffic phases to be 'stop' at the same time). I wish they could do that in Britain! Here we generally have to take two stages to reach the diagonally opposite corner of a junction, doubling the time required.

  2. Camping Links Andy says:

    October 13th, 2010 at 11:54 am (#)

    I love the idea of this, as with the previous stement if only they could do it in the UK! Speaking of which there is a junction near my old house in manchester which would allow for diagonal cross should they be marked…

  3. Nathan says:

    October 25th, 2010 at 6:34 pm (#)

    Diagonal crossings in the UK? Like the ones in Balham and on Oxford Street?

  4. john says:

    October 28th, 2010 at 8:58 pm (#)

    And the Oxford St crossing even has a timer counting down the seconds until the traffic lights change.

  5. Stephen Psallidas says:

    November 17th, 2010 at 3:55 pm (#)

    Oh well, we don't have any in Newcastle! Maybe there are a handful at key junctions in The Smoke but it would be nice to get them elsewhere too…

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