Two Massachusetts elementary school students are now being praised for their innovative approach to slowing drivers: 3D crosswalk bars. The multi-dimensional message is easy: slow down. And, it had been presented by friends Isa and Eric.
“i enjoy it. It appears amazing. How I pictured it and more,” said 10-year-old Isa, who attends Brooks Elementary School in Medford. The crosswalk does, indeed, pop right up at you.
“When you’re walking across it is possible to tell it’s painted, but that which we hope is, when you’re driving down, you’ll see it as 3D, three dimensional. Therefore it looks real,” said Isa. Hopefully, drivers would be prompted to stop.
The buddies wished to make a move to decrease motorists after Eric’s brother possessed a close call with a car. “We were thinking of the way we could do something to help with making the road safer,” explained Isa.
Both kids are members associated with the Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (CCSR) in Medford. As 10 WBNS TV reports, the business encourages kids to obtain tangled up in the community.
Mike Coates, a Brooks Elementary teacher and consultant for CCSR, said the kids caused the city’s bureaucracy to make the project happen. “I think it’s great. It certainly would make me personally stop,” he said. “It’s a great exemplory instance of them sticking with an idea and going through most of the steps and chatting, in this case, to all the adults and all sorts of the powers that be.”
In general, it took one year ahead of the project was presented with the green light. “Books don’t show you this. Civic engagement is something that you see take place. The truth is success, and then you try to emulate it and do more,” said Medford Mayor Stephanie Burke.
Local artist Nate Swain painted the multi-dimensional crosswalk. By this summer, the city will add 3D crosswalks to the other three elementary schools.