Women Designed 3D Zebra Crossing In Gujarat

A 28-year-old local artist named Saumya Pandya Thakkar has designed a distinctive 3D Zebra Crossing with the help of her 60-year-old mother Shakuntala Pandya.

3D Zebra Crossing artists Saumya Pandya Thakkar and Shakuntala Pandya from Ahmedabad designed something innovative that not only serves an artistic purpose but ensures road safety for pedestrians.The motto was to increase the attention of drivers through new flat patterns of Zebra Crossings.

The authorities have tested the effects in Ahmedabad and has approved it as successful concept till now. However there are limitations in designs due to the highway norms and the artist has just applied the ordered design by connected authorities. The design has been eligible for the copyright as well.

The 3-dimensional zebra crossing gives an illusion to oncoming drivers that it is a blockade, hence making them slow down. The novel idea will be used near schools and accident prone areas in Ahmedabad to reduce road related accidents and allow pedestrians to safely cross the road.

Thakkar says she has been inundated by the positive reactions to her project. She’s happy such a small tactical urbanism solution created by two women is becoming a big topic of discussion around the world. And if her art can save even one life, she says, she’ll consider it a successful endeavor.

Since the beginning of 2016, Thakkar has painted three designs on different parts of the highway, and is now set to expand the project to other cities, experimenting with styles and testing their effectiveness along the way.

Thakkar isn’t new to 3D art, but had never before applied her talents towards urban interventions such as this one. In 2015, she was approached by a private infrastructure company to design a 3D crosswalk on a particularly crash-prone stretch of the Ahmedabad-Mehsana highway. Of course, cities around the world have tried to get creative with crosswalks; China, in particular, has tried out similar 3D pedestrian crossings.

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