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July 21, 2019

Yangon pedestrians feel 3D zebra crossing safer

3D zebra crossing being seen on Pyay Road in Yangon. Photo: Supplied
3D zebra crossing being seen on Pyay Road in Yangon. Photo: Supplied

Recent research has shown pedestrians in Yangon prefer 3D zebra to the traditional ones.
As part of the Making Myanmar Roads Safer (MMRS) campaign, with the collaboration of Road Transport Administration Department (RTAD) and the Myanmar Traffic Police, a sample of new 3D zebra crossing was designed by Dr. Felix Wilhelm Siebert from the Technische Universität Berlin and painted by HEINEKEN Myanmar.
In the survey, 63 per cent of respondents answered they see the 3D zebra crossing much safer for the pedestrians, 47 per cent said car drivers are expected to reduce their speed, 43 per cent replied they will choose these new crossings, and only 2 per cent remarked the new design is less safer.
Meanwhile, 74 per cent of automobile drivers answered they slow down before passing through 3D zebra, 61 per cent commented this design is safer for the pedestrians and 65 per cent concluded it is safer than traditional ones.
Some 201 pedestrians and 102 car drivers participated in the survey in December 2018 one month after the 3D zebra crossing was created. The findings of Kantar TNS, a full-service global market research agency in Myanmar, was analysed by Dr. Felix Wilhelm Siebert.
The analyst said, “Pedestrian road safety is an important topic for Myanmar, and good infrastructure is key for saving more lives on the streets. The 3D crosswalks can be a better alternative to traditional crosswalks.”
“ As they draw attention to high visibility, they are perceived as safer than traditional crosswalks by a majority of road users. Results of a first survey are promising but more research on long-term road safety impacts is needed,” he said.
The 3D zebra crossing was painted on Pyay Road in Yangon, between the Practicing School of the Yangon Institution of Education and the shopping centre Junction Square.
It was drawn by Artist Arker Kyaw, participating in Making Myanmar Roads Safer campaign on road safety.
Regarding the feedbacks on this 3D zebra crossing, Ms. Holly Bostock, Corporate Affairs Director of HEINEKEN Myanmar said, “The main reason to paint this temporary 3D zebra crossing was to raise awareness on reducing speeding when drivers are approaching to zebra crossings and encourage pedestrians to use zebra crossings.”
She also said the findings will be shared with policy makers, and other road safety and health experts to give a message if these creative installations have tangible benefits to civilians elsewhere.
In 2018, MMRS focused on speeding, and it will turn its attention to raising awareness on No Drink Driving through education and research in 2019. Translated by Aung Khin

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