Speed Bumps of the Future: Creepy Optical Illusion Children

Today, West Vancouver officials will roll out a new way to keep drivers alert and slow them down: a little girl speed bump.
3dgirl1.gifA trompe-lœil, the apparently 3D girl located near the École Pauline Johnson Elementary School is actually a 2D pavement painting, similar to the one shown here.
In what sounds like a terrifying experience, the girls elongated form appears to rise from the ground as cars approach, reaching 3D realism at around 100 feet, and then returning to 2D distortion once cars pass that ideal viewing distance. Its designers created the image to give drivers who travel at the streets recommended 18 miles per hour (30 km per hour) enough time to stop before hitting Pavement Pattyacknowledging the spectacle before they continue to safely roll over her.

The illusion is part of a $15,000 safety program that will run this week, led by the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation and the public awareness group Preventable.ca. As drivers approach, the police will monitor the fake girls effects. Despite fears that drivers may stop suddenly or swerve into actual 3D children, David Duane of the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation told CTV news that the bump was meant to bring attention to driver-caused pedestrian injuries, and that the fake girl should not cause accidents:

    Its a static image. If a driver cant respond to this appropriately, that person shouldnt be driving.

In 2008, Philadelphia used similar, virtual speed bumpsmore common in Europein its Drive CarePhilly campaign. Philadelphia, however, chose a less anthropomorphic routeopting for three spikes.
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