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Taiwan county gives pedestrian traffic light men a girlfriend

A county in southern Taiwan has pledged to give its lonely traffic light men a girlfriend to cross the road with, and even propose to.

Pingtung county police bureau have announced that they will introduce an additional female figure to pedestrian traffic lights, reported the Taiwan News website.

The happy couple will be seen walking across the street hand in hand when the light is green, and when it turns red, the man will kneel down to propose to his girlfriend with a love heart appearing between them.

There are currently no plans to use the animation to brighten up the streets in the capital, Taipei, where car owners spend an average of two weeks a year stuck in traffic or searching for parking, according to a recent survey by ride-sharing company Uber.

Normally pedestrian lights in Taiwan show a man first sauntering, then speeding up to a run to convey urgency before the light turns.

In another example of alternative pedestrian crossing lights, signals showing female and male same-sex couples sprung up in Vienna two years ago

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But the Pingtung scheme is not the first to switch from the traditional male figure. The installation of female pedestrian lights stirred debate in Melbourne, Australia, in March this year.

The traffic signals showing female figures in skirts were part of a gender equality campaign to combat “unconscious bias”, and were supported by Minister for Women, Fiona Richardson, as symbolic of the ways that women are often excluded from public space.

They were criticised by others for representing political correctness gone overboard.

“Unfortunately, I think this sort of costly exercise is more likely to bring derision,” said Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle.

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, installed a silhouette of the suffragette Kate Sheppard at eight pedestrian crossings last year and Mongolia’s capital, Ulan Bator, has used a man on horseback to reflect the country’s passion for horse-riding.

The Dutch city of Utrecht played it safe, opting out of the gender debate to install a bunny that looks like Miffy, a popular cartoon character.  

Article Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/06/taiwan-county-gives-pedestrian-traffic-light-men-girlfriend/

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