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Taiwan's traffic lights have been given a romantic redesign


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For the singletons of Pingtung in Taiwan they can't even cross the road without the sight of romance, as the green and red pedestrian traffic light men have been given girlfriends.

The red light depicts a man proposing to a woman with a small heart symbol between them, while the green light pictures the two walking across the street together, holding hands.

The design has been implemented in over 40 intersections across the county and was trialed last December ready for the romantic occasion. 

As well as adding a bit of romance, there is a purpose behind the loved-up crossing couples. The designer Cheng Da-wei says he wanted to draw attention to the traffic lights in order to engage with young people and help to remind them of the importance of crossing the road safely. 

This is not the first time a traffic light system has been used to spread a message, in 2016 pedestrian crossings around Trafalgar Square in London showed LGBT symbols, to demonstrate the city's support for London Pride.

In a similar fashion, last year ten traffic lights in Melbourne swapped their male crossing symbol for a distinctly female one in order to raise awareness for gender inequality. 

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