Why are there two red men?

One of the things that I’ve always wondered about in Germany, is why some pedestrian crossings – eg. in Nordrhein Westfalen – have two red men on them:

Pedestrian traffic lights in Cologne

Pedestrian traffic lights in Cologne

I have two theories:

1. It reinforces the red light by having two.  If one stops working, the other one should still light up.

2. It’s cheaper because the towns only need to buy one type of light and then use different filters on them, rather than buying 3-lamp and 2-lamp lights.  Surely it must use more energy, though?

Does anyone know the answer?

33° in Oberursel today

Holzweg, Oberursel

A confusing sign for Cyclists

Here’s a confusing sign of you’re a cyclist:

Confusing sign for Cyclists

1. This is part of a marked out cycle route – recognisable by the green bicycle with the arrow.

2. But it’s for pedestrians only – see the white mother and child on a blue background.

3. So cyclists should dismount – “Radfahrer absteigen”

4. Oh, and it’s private property anyway – “Privatgrundstück”, but you can still push your bicycle across it at your own risk – “Betreten auf eigene Gefahr!”.

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