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Don’t hit the zebra!


Every day between 4:30 and 6:00 pm the streets of Sucre fill with zebras, who are in charge of order and safety on the crosswalks.

There is very intense traffic in Sucre. Most streets in the center of the city are one way, and are packed with cars and buses most of the time . Drivers don’t always follow the rules and often ignore the pedestrian’s right-away. For that reason during the morning rush hours there are policemen on the every other intersection assigned to traffic duty. And then, later, during the afternoon rush, the crosswalks become infested by the traffic zebras.

The zebras showed up in Sucre 3 years ago and they are hired by the city. Their roles are mostly performed by the students from the local universities. The plush animals look nice and friendly and are a pleasant alternative to the standard crossing guard holding a stop sign. To stop the traffic zebras dance and jump in the middle of the road. They are especially loved by the kids, who grab their hands to cross the street and get hugs and information about road traffic safety.

What are you thinking about setting the zebras free on the crosswalks in your city?

6 thoughts on “Don’t hit the zebra!

  1. This is so cool! I had no idea this was a thing, but you learn something new everyday! Thanks for sharing.
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