Thursday, August 10, 2006
All you ever wanted to know about Paris Traffic Lights!
It's weird to see that despite the globalisation of the economy some things remain very local. Traffic lights (Feux rouges or Feux tricolores, in French) do belong to this category. First of all in Paris, they have this typical shape. Second, they are not located after the crossings like in the States but before. Third, they do not hang across the lanes but stand on the right sidewalk. In addition, they go directly from red to green unlike in other places where there is a transition to amber. Also, you are not allowed to turn right when it's red unless you see a little flashing amber arrow. Now the quiz part: when and where was the first automatic traffic light installed?