Vienna: same-sex traffic lights

ampel_apa726_1431342741626892_v0_hThose of us who have believed that the purpose of traffic lights is to regulate the traffic have been wrong. The government of the Austrian capital has installed a number of traffic lights that are specifically designed to convey a message of “tolerance” and “open-mindedness” to the city’s inhabitants and visitors, although some might also call it “propaganda”, or “promotion of indecent and unhealthy lifestyles”.

An official statement from the city’s administration says that the measure will be accompanied by a scientific study to find out whether – as a result for increased attention for traffic lights – it might improve the security of pedestrians. While some taxpayers might have been interest to know also the costs of this project, this was not part of the communication…