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Safer?  The 'winged' zebra crossing allows more space for pedestrians to cross (Ghent)

Safer? The ‘winged’ zebra crossing allows more space for pedestrians to cross (Ghent)

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Ghent

The first “winged” zebra crossing was installed in Ghent on Tuesday. Modification with longer white stripes should make the zebra crossing on the Keizer Karelstraat safer to cross.

Finn Lackey

Recently in the Keizer Karelstraat you will find the city’s first winged zebra crossing. Near Sint-Lievenscollege and the intersection with Gebroeders van Eyckstraat, a plain zebra crossing has been renovated with additional white fences and paint.

At the winged zebra crossing, white stripes continue across the road like “wings”. For example, zebra crossing for oncoming cars starts earlier, and they must stop at a greater distance from pedestrians. (Read more below photo)

The white lines have been extended and there are now fences on either side of the zebra crossing.

The white lines have been extended and there are now fences on either side of the zebra crossing. © fvv

zebra crossing principle

The principle of crossing the “winged” zebra. © Road and Traffic Agency

The zebra crossing remains the same for pedestrians, because the “wings” are closed with gates. This gives drivers a better overview and makes crossing the road safer. In addition, there are fewer risks of blind spot accidents.

The adaptation is part of Mobility Filip Watteeuw’s (Green) large “infantry plan” recently launched. A whole series of interventions should make walking through the Ghent safer and more comfortable.

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