Optical Illusion – Good Idea or a Dangerous One?

What would you do if you thought you saw a girl running across traffic chasing a ball? On a West Vancouver street Preventable.ca along with the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation and the District of West Vancouver have launched an optical illusion geared to making drivers slow down at high-risk intersections.

The optical illusion is of a girl chasing a ball in the middle of a street. There are signs leading up to it saying “you’re probably not expecting kids to run out on the road” to prepare drivers. The installation tries to draw attention to the risk of children running into the street . It is in place for a few days only and is being monitored as a pilot to ensure pedestrian and driver safety are not risked. The illusion rises up gradually from about 100 feet away as not to surprise drivers, and it fades away by the time a driver gets closer.

Think of your own street where kids are out at play. Think of all the times you have seen drivers speed through your neighborhood.

On the other hand, what if the driver overreacts and thinks it real causing an unnecessary accident? Is there a better way to get this point across?

Do you think this is a good idea? What would you do? Visit Preventable.ca for more information on this project and others.