Earlier this year we asked the potentially inflammatory question, “Who’s the worse driver, men or women?” (To read that blog visit http://tinyurl.com/6qtmjrw.)
Now, it seems, there’s an answer, at least as far as which gender’s parking skills reign supreme, and it comes from across the Atlantic. The mayor of Triberg, Germany is making headlines for designating parking spots according to sex. Gallus Strobel says two spots in Triberg’s new public lot are a bit tight. He adds that since men are typically better at maneuvering vehicles into such spaces, those spots are now marked by the astrological symbol for Mars: ♂. (The larger, better lit spaces assigned to women are painted with the astrological symbol for Venus: ♀).
Mayor Strobel admits the move is out of line and likely to incite some anger. And he does invite women to try parking in the smaller spaces but he says he won’t be surprised if they fail. His secretary, after all, was unsuccessful in her handful of attempts. Ultimately, though, Strobel says his tiny town – the population hovers around 5,000 – needs the publicity. And an epic battle – especially the age-old one between the sexes – always makes a good story.