Fianna Fáil Dublin City Councillor and General Election candidate, Cllr Paul McAuliffe has said the development of 3D zebra crossings in Dublin could have the potential to encourage motorists to think twice and slow down.
Three-dimensional pedestrian crossings create an optical illusion that makes it appear as though obstacles are hovering above ground and obstructing the road.
The Councillor has put forward a motion for the novel proposal to be discussed and considered.
Commenting on the proposal, McAuliffe said, “On any given day in Dublin city there are hundreds of thousands of pedestrians going about their daily lives.
“As our city rapidly expands and the population grows, any project designed to improve road safety or help pedestrians feel safer when crossing the road, is worth examining.
“According to the Road Safety Authority, over half of road fatalities last year were pedestrians. Therefore, pedestrian safety should be recognised as equally as important as the flow of traffic around our city.
“Drivers have become used to speedbumps and are arguably not as effective as they once were when first introduced. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that speedbumps are harmful to both the environment and vehicles themselves.
“Virtual speed breakers deviate from the traditional design and are a modern and creative alternative to impel drivers to slow down and pay more attention to pedestrians.
“The driver sees the three-dimensional crossing in the roadway, and they think that it’s an obstacle protruding up out of the roadway. As it does not appear as a flat surface, motorists are more inclined to slow down before driving over it.
“The crossings are now a feature in several countries, including Britain, America, South Africa and China, while towns in Iceland and France are currently trialing the road markings.
“The motion I have introduced for consideration by the Council should not take from the onus on pedestrians to use the road safely and responsibly. All road users have an obligation to abide by the rules of the road and 3D zebra crossings are not intended to distract from that but in fact aid it,” concluded Cllr McAuliffe.