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Outback town uses genius optical illusion to slow down drivers

  • Town in western Queensland using 3D artwork to replace a pedestrian crossing 
  • Optical illusion has been used before overseas but this is first time in Australia
  • Council hopes the artwork will slow traffic down and make drivers more aware

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The mayor of an Outback town has come up with a genius optical illusion to slow down traffic at a zebra crossing.

The crossing, in western Queensland’s Boulia Shire, is painted to look as though it is 3D with a row of white pillars physically floating above the highway. 

Although the idea is not new and has been used around the world in places such as Iceland, New Zealand, and China for some time, Boulia is the first town in Australia to implement this type of crossing.

The crossing, located in Boulia Shire, is painted to look as though it is 3D and creates the illusion that the white pillars are physically floating above the highway

Although the idea is not new and has been used around the world in places such as Iceland (pictured) this is the first timeit has been used in Australia

Although the idea is not new and has been used around the world in places such as Iceland (pictured) this is the first timeit has been used in Australia

Boulia Shire Council mayor Rick Britton told the ABC that he saw the crossings in use in other countries on social media (a similar pedestrian crossing in China)

Boulia Shire Council mayor Rick Britton told the ABC that he saw the crossings in use in other countries on social media (a similar pedestrian crossing in China)

Boulia Shire Council mayor Rick Britton told the ABC he saw the crossings in use in other countries on social media and thought it would be ‘a great idea in a little outback town like ours.’

‘If we put it around our hospitals and our schools, it’ll just jog people’s memory that they’re in a school zone and really think about where they’re driving,’ he said.

Cairns Regional Council as also announced it will trial a similar artwork to replace a crossing near the Pier Point Shopping Centre.

The council will review motorist and pedestrian behaviour for six months at the site in the hope the crossing would encourage drivers to slow down and be more aware.

'If we put it around our hospitals and our schools, it'll just jog people's memory that they're in a school zone and really think about where they're driving,' the Mayor said (pictured a crossing in India)

‘If we put it around our hospitals and our schools, it’ll just jog people’s memory that they’re in a school zone and really think about where they’re driving,’ the Mayor said (pictured a crossing in India)

The council will review motorist and pedestrian behaviour for six months at the site in the hope the crossing would encourage drivers to slow down and be more aware (pictured Romania)

The council will review motorist and pedestrian behaviour for six months at the site in the hope the crossing would encourage drivers to slow down and be more aware (pictured Romania)

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