Calming Traffic With Zig-Zag Lines

The Virginia Department of Transportation is painting zig-zag lines in the middle of traffic lanes in an effort to get motorists to slow down as they near a bike trail and pedestrian path.
April 22, 2009, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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"The Virginia Department of Transportation says it's part of a safety campaign to get drivers to slow down in a high pedestrian and bicycle area. The 500 feet of zig-zagging lines are painted on the ground on Belmont Ridge Road, where it intersects with the Washington and Old Dominion trail in Loudoun County."

"'It is a low cost strategy to get motorists to slow down as they approach the bike trail and pedestrian path,' says VDOT's Mike Salmon. 'While at first motorists may be a little disoriented, the main point is to get them to pay attention and slow down through that area.'"

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Published on Monday, April 20, 2009 in WTOP
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