Medford, MA (WBZ) — This new crosswalk will really make you ‘STOP’ and think. The 3D crosswalk at a Massachusetts school appears to rise up off the street. It was a safety idea created by two elementary students.
It’s an amazing illusion that is painted on the driveway of the Brooks Elementary School in Medford and will encourage drivers leaving the school to stop.
“When you’re walking across you can tell it’s painted….but what we hope is…when you’re driving down. You’ll see it as, like 3D, three dimensional – so it looks real,” said Isa, one of the students who designed the crosswalk.
The kids are part of the Center for Citizenship in Medford, an organization that encourages young people to get involved
“I think it’s great,” said Teacher Mike Coates. “It certainly would make me stop.”
Coates is a teacher and advisor for the Center. He says the kids worked with the city’s officials to make the dream project a reality.
“It’s a great example of them sticking to an idea,” said Coates, “and going through all the steps and talking, in this case, to all the adults and all the powers that be.”
The project has been in the works for a year before it got the green light.
“Books don’t teach you this,” said Medford Mayor Stephanie Burke, “Civic engagement is something that you see happen….you see success…and then you try to emulate it and do more.”