Coming Soon: Beaumont Will Become the First Municipality in Western Canada to Implement 3D Crosswalks to Improve the Pedestrian Experience
An exciting development in pedestrian crossing safety will emerge in the City of Beaumont – quite literally.
A new kind of crosswalk will be painted that will appear to be three-dimensional (3D) by way of a cleverly-detailed optical illusion. The innovative design will give pedestrians the feeling of walking on air and also aims to grab the attention of the driver to slow down when they spot the seemingly floating crosswalk.
Pedestrian safety is a paramount priority for the City of Beaumont and our residents. Locations of the two newly painted 3D crosswalks will be at the intersections of 30 Avenue and 55 Street, and Saint-André Academy on Rue Eaglemont Street.
The City of Beaumont will become the first city in Western Canada to join Montreal and Waterloo in Canada and other urban communities in China, France, Germany, Iceland, and India in hopes of catching the attention of drivers with a crosswalk painted to appear three-dimensional (3D).
This unique project will also provide an opportunity to study pedestrians and motorist behaviour with 3D crosswalks in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Feedback will be collected from the crosswalk users, and an online survey will also be made available later in the year.
The City of Beaumont is a community open to exploring advancements in urban development and takes pride in being an ideal city for new innovations and technologies.
Frequently Asked Questions – 3D Crosswalks
1. Why is the City installing 3D crosswalks?
Pedestrian safety is of paramount importance to the City, and by testing the 3D crosswalks in Beaumont, we can determine if this type of application improves pedestrian crossing safety.
2. What other cities currently have a 3D crosswalks?
Cities like Montreal, Waterloo —and countries such as China, France, Germany, Iceland and India — have also implemented 3D crosswalks on city roads to help alert drivers.
3. What are the Locations where these 3D crosswalks will be installed?
The locations for the 3D crosswalks are:
- 30 Avenue and 55 Street
- Saint-André Academy on Eaglemont Street
4. How is a 3D crosswalk different from a standard crosswalk?
The difference is that as a vehicle approaches the 3D crosswalk, the paint will appear to be elevated from the road surface.
5. What are the budget impacts of a 3D crosswalk?
The cost of a 3D crosswalk is approximately 40% more than a standard “zebra” crosswalk. This crosswalk painting was included as part of the 2019 budget.
6. Is a 3D painted crosswalk safer than a standard painted crosswalk?
Both the 3D painted and standard painted crosswalks are safe.
7. How long will the paint last?
The paint should last as long as any other painted crosswalk but is dependent on traffic volumes.
8. What is the maintenance like for a 3D crosswalk?
The maintenance of the crosswalk will be similar to any other painted crosswalk in the City. We currently paint crosswalks one to two times per year (depending on the location and traffic volumes).
9. How does weather impact the crosswalk?
The paint will wear off through the winter months as the roads are plowed.
10. Are there plans to paint more 3D crosswalks in the City?
The program will be evaluated, and based on the results, we will determine if future crosswalks will be enhanced with 3D paint.
11. Does the optical illusion work when driving from both directions?
Yes, it does for the application in the City of Beaumont. They are typically designed for one direction of travel, however, ours was designed to have each half of the crosswalk 3-Dimensional depending on the direction of travel.
12. Does this need a special kind of paint?
No special paint is required. They require shades of grey, instead of only white.