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Geneva to have more inclusive pedestrian crossing signs

National News // Jan. 17, 2020

The city of Geneva is to change the road signs that warn of a pedestrian crossing ahead.

Pixabay Geneva to have more inclusive pedestrian crossing signs

The current sign displays a pictogram of a figure crossing the road. The pictogram is clearly male.

The new signs will show females – but even they will not be the same.

They will show a pregnant woman, a younger woman, a woman with an afro hair style and two women holding hands.

The Geneva mayor, Sandrine Salerno, says the signs are designed to avoid stereotypes.

But don’t expect the trend to follow with other signs. The crossing signs are classed as informative – and so can be altered. The signs which give instructions to drivers are covered by federal law and so untouchable.

 

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