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Hey did you guys read about the new speed bumps in Canada??



Officials in West Vancouver, Canada, apparently aren't satisfied with the driver-slowing properties of traditional speed bumps. On Tuesday, the town unveiled a new way to persuade motorists to ease off the gas pedal in the vicinity of the École Pauline Johnson Elementary School: a 2-D image of a child playing, creating the illusion that the approaching driver will soon blast into a child.

According to Discover magazine, the pavement painting appears to rise up as the driver gets closer to it, reaching full 3-D realism at around 100 feet: "Its designers created the image to give drivers who travel at the street's recommended 18 miles per hour (30 km per hour) enough time to stop before hitting Pavement Patty -- acknowledging the spectacle before they continue to safely roll over her."

You have to wonder if the designers of the "speed bump of the future" considered that drivers might become conditioned to disregard Pavement Patty and her imaginary cohorts, creating something similar to a "boy who cried wolf" effect. Couldn't such conditioning reduce drivers' caution if a real child should cross their path?

Asked whether confusing and/or tricking drivers with such images might create such unintended hazards, David Dunne of the British Columbia Automobile Association Traffic Safety Foundation said that pedestrians need to be just as alert as drivers.

"People tune out. It takes an attitude shift for people to change," Dunne said. "Pedestrians need an attitude shift too. They have to realize that just because they are in a crosswalk doesn't mean they are safe. In fact, most get hit while using crosswalks."

As for drivers who become can't process optical illusions, Dunne argued that they have no business on the road in the first place.

"It's a static image," he said. "If a driver can't respond to this appropriately, that person shouldn't be driving, and that's a whole different problem."
 

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thats crazy haha i would def. stop if i saw that
 

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Great article, but that is a stupid idea. The article hits every point.

Couldn't such conditioning reduce drivers' caution if a real child should cross their path?
Subconsciously? Yes
 

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Yeah, I think it's a dumb idea too, in practice. It's pretty funny though otherwise.
I like how it mentions that most people get hit while in cross walks. I only live like a 15 min walk from school (a two min drive) but the thing I hate worse is going through the cross walk across a busy intersection where cars are going past at 45 mph and they see the separate turn lane but completely disregard the crosswalk that goes across it. The little walk/don't walk sign works fine for the main road but people in the turn lane just ignore it AND me as I'm stuck waiting for a car that's willing to stop and let me go! Holy crap, if you see someone waiting to cross the road at a cross walk you have to yield!!! Plus I about got ran over as someone who was looking to their right (to see if they could get on the road) ignored their left (the direction they were turning and where I was coming from) and started turning while looking the opposite way. I had to stop myself and go around the back of their car because they were so oblivious and they never even realized I existed much less that they were about a foot away from running me over and that they would have if I hadn't been paying attention to them.
haaaahh sorry, had to get that out of my system. Just pay attention to crosswalks and yield to people in them. You're legally not even supposed to drive through a cross walk if there's someone still in it (at least here).
 

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Yeah I don't think they thought this through ha
 

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This has to be the worst idea of all time, while it may work shortterm, what happens when ppl get used to them, then a real person walks, the driving may tune it out thinking its the "Speed Bump"
 

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Never saw this before. It's funny, but stupid. That's Vancouver for ya eh!
 
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