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Melbourne's First 3D Pedestrian Crossing

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published December 31st 2018
If only the Beatles had used this zebra crossing
3D Pedestrian Crossing
Image Yarra City Council

Having heard about this amazing piece of ingenuity I went in search of Melbourne's first 3D Pedestrian Crossing.

Not that it was hard to find, because as you drive up to it, just outside Piedimontes Supermarket in Fitzroy North, it looks like you are about to hit a whole row of raised concrete blocks.

3D Pedestrian Crossing
Photo @nadinecresswellmyatt

You certainly approach cautiously and that is the general idea. It slows cars down in case someone is stepping out and crossing the road. It also makes pedestrians feel invincible, as it as if they are walking on air.

Spend a few moments there observing, as because it is so novel it is quite a tourist attraction. There are similar crossings in Iceland, Malaysia, India, New Zealand and the United States but this is a first of its kind in Victoria.

No video yet for this one that I could find on Youtube (it's begging for someone to take one), but below is one taken off the 3D crossing in Iceland.

If only the Beatles had found a zebra crossing like this one when they made Abbey Road.

Optical illusions are a lot of fun. Another one involving car is at Straws Lane near Woodend where you put your car in neutral and it feels like you are rolling up a hill. Locals say it is the magical pull of Hanging Rock.

It's very eerie but presumably, it is an optical illusion based on conflicting lines in the landscape.

Do you know of any other fun optical illusions?
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