Common sense dictates that the rules of the road apply equally to all drivers. Special accommodations for such common elements of city driving like parallel parking simply are not made. Unless you’re in the German Black Forest town of Triberg, that is. Sources report that tricky parking spaces in town are labeled with an icon designating “male,” and “easy parking” for women is designated by a female symbol. Cue groans over sexist policy now.
Easy parking for women, because ‘men are better’
Triberg mayor Gallus Strobel believes that this move was necessary, because “men are better at parking than women.” Female parking spaces make for easier parallel parking and parking in general, thanks to more room, better lighting, no concrete pillars nearby and the leeway to enter the parking space in forward or reverse.
“In the new car park, we found that two places were not rectangular, at an angle to the road and placed between walls and pillars; that makes parking difficult, so we decided to allocate them to men,” said Strobel to German magazine Der Spiegel.
Strobel went on to add that some women are exemplary drivers, and that women are allowed to park in the male-labeled parking spaces. As such, he denies accusations of sexism, in part too because the ration of female to male parking spaces is about 5-to-1.
‘Mostly positive feedback’
While attempts to verify whether Strobel was joking have not been made, Strobel exclaimed that the easy parking for women has received “mostly positive feedback,” despite the “humorless reactions” of the “political correct.” He also revealed that the move will no doubt prove to be a marketing windfall for Triberg, a small town of 5,000.
Reports indicate that there was at least one vocal female critic who called the female parking space plan an example of “male pig-headedness. However, Strobel claims that one man said he’d come to Triberg just to try out the easier parallel parking spaces designated for female drivers.
“I never expected this reaction,” he said. “I’ve been on the phone all day, the TV will come. I am happy, and it looks like we’ve hit a raw nerve in society. It’s been a great marketing gimmick. Women can come here and prove me wrong, and while they’re at it they can see the town’s attractions.”
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