"Zebras in Bolivia?"
Rollins School of Public Health
Yes—in a way. In the bustling city of La Paz, right-of-way goes to whoever is bigger. Amidst a sea of zooming minibuses, taxis, and cars, a pedestrian must keep a vigilant eye and ear out and seek herd protection with large groups attempting to cross the street on foot. User beware for those who trust in the safety of pedestrian crosswalks that exist in name only! The city of La Paz, instead of simply repainting the faded black and white crosswalks, decided to take a more theatrical approach to boost the authority of pedestrian right-of-way. In a scene typical of the boisterous downtown, these two brave citizens don zebra costumes and dance across the street whenever the light turns red, leading the way for pedestrians and giving drivers something to think about next time they see a crosswalk.