Derby

Normanton painted tiger in road safety campaign

Normanton tiger Image copyright Andy Savage
Image caption The giant tiger has been painted onto the pavement and road in Normanton Road, Derby

A giant tiger has been painted onto a city street to highlight road safety.

The 45ft (13m) tiger in Normanton Road, Derby, aims to help young people find the safest place to cross the road as well as slowing down traffic.

The £5,000 artwork has been installed by charity Sustrans, which works to encourage people to travel on foot, by bike or public transport.

Residents have welcomed the colourful street art but many thought drivers would confuse it with a zebra crossing.

The painting has appeared by a mini roundabout at the junction of Pear Tree Road, Lower Dale Road and Normanton Road.

One Normanton resident told BBC Radio Derby: "It looks like a crossing so it is misleading with the stripes."

Another said: "It's a bit crazy, there's no need for it. It's like graffiti on the floor."

While others, including children, said it was colourful, different and would encourage drivers to stop and let pedestrians cross.

The design came from workshops held by Sustrans over 18 months and is part of an England-wide initiative to redesign busy streets.

Image copyright Andy Savage
Image caption The tiger, costing £5,000, is designed to help pedestrians cross and slow down drivers

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