Designers Create Hands-Free Pedestrian Crossings to Lessen the Spread of Germs
By Jessica Stewart on May 26, 2020

As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus, more and more designers are using their skills to help keep us safe. From new ways to open doors to concepts for air travel, design is paving a new normal for what post-Covid life will look like. As we remain more conscious about what we touch and the germs we’re spreading, even small things like pedestrian crossings become a point of contamination. That’s where Foreward comes in.

Dropkick Hands Free Pedestrian Light


발로 누르는 보행자 횡단 버튼

   호주 디자이너들은 사람들이 횡단보도에서 버튼을 누를 때 핸즈프리 해결책을 찾고 있다는 것을 알아냈다. 사실, 그들은 심지어 어떤 사람들은 심지어 이 버튼들이 허리 높이에 놓여있음에도 불구하고 그것을 발로 차는 것에 의지했다는 것을 관찰했다. 그래서, ODO와 그린포인트 미디어와 함께, 그들은 드롭킥을 디자인했다. 이 간단한 솔루션은 보행자들이 손을 사용하지 않고 버튼을 누르는 만족감을 준다.

드롭킥은 알약 모양의 알루미늄 버튼으로 교통 폴의 밑부분에 위치해 있다. 백라이트를 통해 시야를 확보하고 보행자가 발을 가볍게 두드려도 쉽게 활성화할 수 있다. 버튼은 독립형 솔루션이거나 표준 높이 보행자 버튼과 함께 사용할 수 있다.

황기철 콘페이퍼 에디터 큐레이터

Ki Chul Hwang, conpaper editor, curator

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The Australian designers noticed that people were looking for a hands-free solution to pressing the button at pedestrian crossings. In fact, they observed that some people had even resorted to kicking it, even though these buttons are placed at waist height. So, working together with ODO and Greenpoint Media, they designed Dropkick. This simple solution allows pedestrians the satisfaction of pressing the button while keeping their hands clean.

Dropkick is a pill-shaped aluminum button that can be placed at the base of any traffic pole. It’s backlit to ensure visibility and easily allows for pedestrians to activate it with the tap of their foot. The button can be a stand-alone solution or used in tandem with standard height pedestrian buttons.

Interestingly, Foreward notes that in many cities, pedestrian crossings are activated using sensors or timers based on the time of day. The buttons often remain in place as a placebo. “Could it be that these buttons exist for the sole purpose of satisfying the human need of feeling as though they have actively done something to reduce waiting times, much like the ‘close’ button in elevators,” the firm writes. “We suspect that there could not be a replacement for the tactility of a physical button.”

To that end, Dropkick allows for action without the worry of germs. It’s been shown that traces of the coronavirus have been found on stainless steel for up to 72 hours and there is the concern that constant sanitization could only cause certain bacteria to grow stronger. The foot-activated button is an interesting alternative that gives people more choice as they move back into the world.

Dropkick is an innovative, hands-free solution to pressing the pedestrian crossing button. 

The idea came after the designers saw people kicking regular pedestrian crossing buttons.

So they thought, why don’t we design something that can be kicked comfortably and safely?

The button is backlit for easy visibility.

And at the same time, it also helps lessen the spread of germs. 


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h/t: [designboom]

All images via Foreward.


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