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Meet the Women Behind India's 3D 'Zebra' Crossings

A mother-daughter artist duo has designed a simple but potentially effective solution to a major road safety problem.
A sideways view (top image) and front-facing view of the 3D zebra crossing (bottom image).
A sideways view (top image) and front-facing view of the 3D zebra crossing (bottom image).Courtesy of Saumya Pandya Thakkar

Indian roads are notoriously unsafe for pedestrians and drivers. In 2014, an average of 16 people were killed in road crashes every hour; almost 40 percent of these crashes happened because of speeding. The country needs  a comprehensive package of solutions to reduce the speed and volume of vehicles on the roads. But while these big fixes are in the works, a smaller, simpler one in Ahmedabad, a city in the Western state of Gujarat, is getting some attention.

A 28-year-old local artist named Saumya Pandya Thakkar (on right in the picture) has designed a distinctive 3D “zebra” crossing (pictured above) with the help of her 60-year-old mother Shakuntala Pandya (on the left).