Disobeying the Ampelmann

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Would Germans Ever Cross the Street on a Red Light?

The Wall Street Journal has picked up a story that circulated in summer 2015 in the German press (see for example the German edition of the Huffington Post) about a proposal to allow pedestrians and cyclists to view red lights as yield signs when it’s safe to do so.

Volkswagen’s dieselgate fiasco should lay to rest the old stereotype that German society obeys rules religiously, even if this WSJ article uses that notion as its hook.  More interesting perhaps is that this initiative comes from the Left Party in what seems to be a populist political gambit:

All those riding their bikes in cities know the feeling of being treated like children.

Sabine Leidig, Left Party transportation critic

Read the full October 26th, 2015 story by Andrea Thomas here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/would-germans-ever-cross-the-street-on-a-red-light-1445907439?mod=e2tw

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