The mayor of the small Black Forest town of Triberg in Germany, otherwise famous for its waterfalls and reputedly the world’s biggest cuckoo clock, has put the town on the map with a revolutionary parking scheme.
Male and female symbols denote the parking spaces, with the women getting the wide, well-lit ones, while the men make do with tight corners and concrete pillars.
It sounds a bit like the famous gameshow Total Wipeout, but with cars.
Some find it sexist, but Mayor Gallus Strobel is unapologetic, insisting he wanted to “challenge political correctness,” adding that he thought ambitious drivers will find tight spaces an “attraction”, and that “as a rule men are a little better at such challenges.”
“It should be also an input of humour for our society! And of course, a tourist city depends on being famous. Now we have got so many reactions from all over the world which we never thought we’d get,” Strobel insists.
So what do the locals think of this brainwave?
“It’s completely crazy, a good carnival joke,” said one woman.
“Of course, our thing is parking backwards,” said one man, laughing.
So, if it is a bit of reverse-gear action you are after, head off to Triberg – newly-famous thanks to the wily Herr Strobel and his parking policy.