Bricks help Vancouver pedestrians cross the road safely

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      It’s not quite a hoax, but bricks left at a Vancouver crosswalk over the weekend have the public wondering if there’s an April Fool’s joke happening in the city.

      At the entrance to Granville Island, at Anderson Street and Island Park Walk, there’s a “pedestrian brick crossing system” with a large sign and a container of fake bricks. A sign reads, “Be seen. Grab a brick!”

      Those trying to cross safely can grab a brick and cross the road—warning off any erratic drivers—before replacing the brick in the bin on the other side.

      We wouldn’t put it past the creative folks on Granville Island to install such an interactive piece—but the initiative is actually a campaign from Vision Zero Vancouver, a citizen-run advocacy group that aims to put an end to traffic-related crashes and deaths on Vancouver streets.

      In the past, the group has lobbied for safer streets by way of reduced speed limits, more intersection traffic cameras, and keeping bus rapid transit lines relegated to major routes.

      The “grab a brick” campaign is certainly catching the attention of pedestrians and drivers alike, and stopping would-be speeding cars in their tracks—even if the bricks aren’t actually real.

      All you need to do, according to Vision Zero Vancouver, is “grab, look, wave, and cross.”

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