'ergo crosswalk' by jae min lim 'design for all' competition shortlisted revealed
'ergo crosswalk' by jae min lim   'design for all' competition shortlisted revealed 'ergo crosswalk' by jae min lim   'design for all' competition shortlisted revealed
sep 03, 2010

'ergo crosswalk' by jae min lim 'design for all' competition shortlisted revealed

‘ergo crosswalk’ user scenario

‘ergo crosswalk (ergonomics)’ by jae min lim from korea is one of the 240 shortlisted entries from more than 5100 participants in our recent designboom competition ‘design for all‘ in collaboration with seoul design fair 2010.

designer’s own words: ‘when people cross roads, they tend to take the fastest shortcut. they sometimes do it intentionally, but mostly it is an unconscious act. this kind of action violates the traffic regulations and sometimes threatens the safety of the pedestrians. the ‘ergo crosswalk’ is a design that makes people follow the law, as well as consider their habits or unconscious actions. it will encourage pedestrians to follow the lines of the cross walk and protect them from any potential danger. if regulations cannot force people to follow the law, wouldn’t it be more reasonable to change the law and fulfill the main purpose of keeping the safety and convenience of the pedestrian?(…)‘

pedestrians tend to jaywalk / take the fastest shortcut when crossing the road

solution for ergonomic crosswalk

pedestrian crossing

‘ergo crosswalk’ technology

  • Well done, very good idea.

    Icram says:
  • nice, first useful project in this competition!

    D. says:
  • Yes I like it. look like OK but look like.. in truth half circle black zone is dead. Caus car zone is already back. so,as design is not perfect. but interesting comunication.

    one says:
  • this is pointless, it creates more dead space, ie the semi-circle between car and the pedestrian path, it is a woefully unnecessary ‘design’ if you can call it that.

    pat says:
  • I think it is useful, as people tend to cross the shortest way.

    Fede says:
  • As you said, “this kind of action violates the traffic regulations and sometimes threatens the safety of the
    pedestrians. ” But your design is now encouraging them. This people should be educated in school again or be imposed a fine for this abuse.
    Good Luck.

    Gloria says:
  • well, there is more space in between the stripes and the stop line. isn’t it the same as having wider stripes?

    udo says:
  • No right turns on red at this place.

    therris says:
  • Its very attractive but people will still try to short-cut even this solution. They will take a straight line across from the points closest to the cars and, if they think they can get away with it, they will even walk through the traffic. Add a cell phone in their hand and they are dead meat.

    rcvs1 says:
  • I could say, this is a serious issue and dangerous design, that’s an important distance and this irresponsible approach can’t win a design contest, the only way to do this is modify the car stop lane of the sides of the road, to keep the distance on the sides and ” keep people alive”.

    design murder says:
  • I think it is useful, as people tend to cross the shortest way.
    It reminds me the movie about “Temple Grandin”. The important is the behavior, i see the curve not the straight line…

    florcarnivora says:
  • Yes, this design would need to start initiating new behaviours for drivers. But, let’s just take a look at how the designer has actually arranged this. It makes sense – obviously in conjunction with some altered street light signals. The stopping lines for cars in relation to the intersection accommodates pedestrians, allowing them to cross the streets in their jaywalking ways that doesn’t exactly pose a threat. If at all, it’s giving the drivers more time to react to a situation. It also enforces proper driving and pedestrian practices: having to look both ways before you cross the street or make a turn in your car etc.

    In one of my city’s busiest intersections in the downtown core, they have implemented a ‘crosswalk’ scenario which is encouraging jaywalking at its finest. It basically presents the intersection with crosswalks directed diagonally across to opposite corners of the intersection in an ‘X’ formation. That to me seems more dangerous than this scenario, but its been working well.

    I think this really encompasses ‘Design for all’.

    Mahsa says:

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