Valentine's-themed traffic signal in Pingtung makes news in U.K.

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Valentine's-themed traffic signal in Pingtung makes news in U.K.

London, Feb. 14 (CNA) A Pingtung police officer's creative Valentine's Day idea of giving the traffic light "little green man" a girlfriend has caught the attention of a U.K. newspaper.

The free daily London Evening Standard wrote a story on traffic light men getting girlfriends for Valentine's Day Tuesday, an idea for the promotion of road safety that many local media outlets in Taiwan have also covered.

On the eve of Valentine's Day, Pingtung County government unveiled its new traffic light designs, which feature the little man with a girlfriend when the light is green and down on one knee proposing to his girlfriend when the light is red.

The designer of the new traffic lights is Cheng Da-wei (程大維), from the Pingtung County Police Bureau's Traffic Police Brigade, who developed this eye-catching and appealing design to remind the public to be more mindful of road safety.

The unveiling ceremony was hosted at the junction between Gongyuan Road and Zhongzheng Road, and the design will be adopted at 45 junctions in the county by March 2, Pingtung County Magistrate Pan Men-an (潘孟安) said Tuesday.

The London Evening Standard noted that this was not the first time traffic light men have been given a romantic partner.

As part of London's LGBTQ Pride festival in 2016, the "green man" signals on pedestrian crossings around Trafalgar Square were replaced with LGBT symbols, including a green man holding hands with a green woman or a green man, a green woman holding hands with a green woman, as well as the transgender symbol to represent support for the festivities.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has also featured a similar story on Taiwan's latest change to its traffic light.

The "little green man" has been a feature of traffic lights in Taiwan for 18 years.

(By Tai Ya-chen and Kuan-lin Liu)

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