July 10, 2018 6:04 pm
Updated: July 10, 2018 6:05 pm

Outremont tests out 3D crosswalk in hopes of slowing down drivers

WATCH: A Montreal borough is taking a creative step to protect pedestrians and slow down drivers. As Global's Cora MacDonald reports, Outremont is now home to what is being called the first-ever 3D crosswalk in Canada.

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Why did the Montrealer cross the road? Because it was safer to do so.

That’s what the borough of Outremont told Global News in not so many words on Tuesday.

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Officials stood by as a construction crew spray-painted what they are calling Canada’s first ever 3D crosswalk placed at a busy intersection on the corner of Bernard and Champagneur avenues.

Mindy Pollak, a city councillor for the borough, said it’s part of a global vision Projet Montréal has for the city and its urban spaces.

“The 3D crossing will be more visible and drivers will slow down and be more like ‘Wow — what is that?'” she said.

She said there has been several pedestrian accidents in the area and the borough is hoping to put an end to them.

While the crossing previously consisted of two white lines running alongside each other, on Tuesday it was transformed into a sequence of solid rectangular cement blocks that appeared to be protruding from the pavement below.

A pedestrian walks a crosswalk painted in a 3-dimensional style for a pilot project, in the Montreal borough of Outremont on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

The goal is to give drivers the impression they may run into the crosswalk in an effort to get them to slow down.

One Outremont resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was worried about the cost associated with the project.

Chloe Arshagouni, who works nearby and takes her bike to work every day, said she is relieved the city is putting resources into road safety.

“I think its always good to put in new ways to make pedestrian and bikers safe — especially in the area. It’s a very family-based street.”

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