Zebra crossings—the striped crosswalks common on roads around the world—don’t necessarily work very well.
All over Nashville’s “urban core,” there are pedestrian crosswalks with large white stripes painted on the street and a large “Yield” traffic sign displaying an arrow pointing down at the stripes. “STATE LAW,” these signs sream in all caps..
Yet something about that combination of white stripes, “STATE LAW” and the Yield sign makes people who drive cars think they have the right away if a person walking wants to cross the street.
So when I saw these photos and a story on FastCompany.com, I couldn’t help but laugh and think how great it would be to see these appear in Nashville.
Zebra crossings—the striped crosswalks common on roads around the world—don’t necessarily work very well. In one Swedish study, drivers stopped for pedestrians only 5% of the time at the crosswalks and rarely slowed down. A city in India is experimenting with another approach: By adding some perspective shading to the stripes, the crosswalk looks a little like a roadblock from a distance.