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Color markings: what do they mean?

In Spain, two new markings have appeared on the roads. Do you know them ? They could even soon arrive in France!

Spain is one of the favorite destinations of the French for holidays. But it’s a country that has different rules when it comes to road sign ! Here are two markings that are not present with us in France, and which could even soon arrive with us!

The “dragon teeth” to encourage slowing down

If you are traveling in Spain, you are likely to come across what our neighbors commonly call the ” dragon teeth“. These specific markings, affixed to the asphalt, are intended to reduce speed on some roads.

According to the Spanish authorities, these patterns drawn on the roadway create the illusion a reduction in the width of the road, which encourages drivers to reduce their speed unconsciously. This trick relies on a optical illusion and proved to be profitable after a period of experimentation of just over a year in an urban environment.

And given the results, it is likely that this marking will soon be extended to several European countries, including France! The origin of this marking would come from certain Asian countries such as Japan or South Korea, where its effectiveness has been proven.

Green and purple markings on the road

But besides the dragon teeth“, a new type of marking has recently been visible on Spanish roads. This is a colored marking on the asphalt, which would serve to delimit the ways for the “personal mobility” vehicles.

credit photo : @motor24 Made up of two colored bands, pink and green, it is used to delimit personal mobility vehicles, such as cyclists, electric scooters, scooters, rollerblades, and even runners.

Concretely, two lanes are painted on the asphalt. A first Greenway is reserved for the exclusive use of running pedestrians, make roller or other, while the pink lane is reserved for cyclists and users of machinery micro mobility electric, such as motorized bicycles or small electric scooters for example.

The purpose of these two lanes is to allow pedestrians, cyclists, and electric scooter users or even motorized scooters to circulate without putting yourself in danger. With the proliferation of means of transport, and often motorized, accidents happen quickly. It remains to be seen whether the latter will also arrive on the French asphalt.

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