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Pedestrian sign to remain male

15 May 2008 - In the name of gender equality, Sweden is going to introduce pedestrian signs portraying a woman, the Local reports. It is unlikely that similar signs will be introduced in Amsterdam.

Two Swedish municipalities took the initiative to create so-called 'Fru Gårman' signs. The name refers to the term 'Herr Gårman' used to designate normal pedestrian signs, which means something like 'Mr Walk Man' or 'this is where you walk'.

The Hässleholm municipality ran into problems because of a law that states that new signs may not resemble existing ones too much. The Swedish government has now decided that the road administration must design a new Fru Gårman sign before 1 October.

It is as yet unclear whether Fru Gårman will be placed next to Herr Gårman or replace him. It is also unclear how the Swedes plan to create a feminine sign without resorting to gender stereotypes.

In Amsterdam, districts are responsible for placing traffic signs, but they are not allowed to design new ones: that is up to the Department of Transport and Public Works. A spokesperson says that the introduction of female traffic signs has never been suggested so far.

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