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These Innovative Traffic Signals Are Unlike Any Others in The World

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These Innovative Traffic Signals Are Unlike Any Others in The World

Those lonely men featured on the traffic lights in Vienna are about to find their true loves. Hundreds of traffic signal lights around Vienna will be swapping out the traditional traffic signal man for lights which feature various kinds of couples.

No, this has nothing to do with Valentine's Day. The project is aimed to celebrate the Austrian capital's tolerance and openness to all kinds of couples. The lights will feature straight, lesbian, and gay couples. But why does the traffic signal man matter, you may wonder?

The signal man is known as The Ampelmännchen and he's actually quite a legend in German-speaking cultures. He originated in old East Germany and is still loved to this day. So changing out the macho little man for different kinds of couples is extremely symbolic.

The city hopes that these new lights will not only encourage a spirit of love and tolerance towards all kinds of couples, but hopefully the new lights will increase pedestrian safety, too. The idea is that more people will pay attention to the new traffic lights which will hopefully decrease accidents.

Do you think the US should adopt these traffic lights too?

Via The Telegraph

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