The goal of this pedestrian crossing is to
improve security in the city, as drivers instinctively brake when they first
see this 3D crossing.
The thermo-melting paint used in this
crossing is 12x more durable than traditional painting, as it melts on the road
with high temperatures, making it cheaper than traditional crossing paintings.
This 3D pedestrian crossing can be found in
Ausiàs March street, one of the most concurred roads in town, very close to medical
and cultural centres and municipal swimming pool.
Spanish company TECNOL installs this kind
of 3D pedestrian crossing making the driver see 3 to 5 blocks on the road as if
it was an elevated crossing. This causes the driver braking instinctively when
seen in the distance.
“We are experimenting with this
revolutionary technology to improve the
road safety for both drivers and pedestrians and we keep working on the road
declared Mr. Toni Gonzalez, major of Almussafes.
The results of this project will be
evaluated by the town hall in order to study installing it in the rest of the
crossings in town.
The idea was first installed in countries
such as Iceland, India or Germany, but it took a bit longer to be tried in Spain
as this specific pedestrian crossing is both 3D and thermo-melting.