Autonomous transit? The ‘road education walkway’ may change our idea of travel

Written by By Jaina Tay-Shing, CNN Designers have come up with a concept that’s clearly aimed at the automotive industry: The “road education walkway” hopes to show pedestrians why it’s best to walk on…

Autonomous transit? The 'road education walkway' may change our idea of travel

Written by By Jaina Tay-Shing, CNN

Designers have come up with a concept that’s clearly aimed at the automotive industry: The “road education walkway” hopes to show pedestrians why it’s best to walk on sidewalks instead of parking lots.

The walkway is simply the result of a collaboration between architecture firm Design M.A. and design students at Canada’s Queens University

It consists of a series of upper and lower vertical layers featuring benches, trees, benches, light, trees, and a distinct hub with stop lights and bicycle racks. When the walkway is fully installed, it will have lighting and a digital display that adjusts to the shade of each step.

Project leader Leew Lee says the idea is to reinforce the importance of using sidewalks instead of parking lots and show pedestrians the health and safety benefits of walking in parks and protected spaces.

Design student Ogen Gajdasimba, who worked on the design, adds that it is also meant to address the difficulty pedestrians faced crossing, for example, the four parallel yellow lines on car sides in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square.

“Pedestrians would be getting confused for one reason or another and trying to see if there was the possibility of just taking a shortcut over or under the sidewalk,” he says.

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