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AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS-European signals tend to be mounted lower than US signals,
perhaps due to the signal generally being on the same side of the
intersection as the traffic it is controlling. In the cities,
there aren't many signals mounted on overhead arms. The Netherlands signals look similar to US train signals. Every
Netherlands signal (at least the ones in Amsterdam) has a number
at the top (for identification purposes). (Photo by Mark Furqueron)
Another view of a "typical
Dutch signal" in The
Netherlands. This view shows
the important, smaller cue
signal for the first driver in
Bikes can be just as important
as autos...proven by this
signal! In the background is
Amsterdam Central Railroad
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - Belgian
signals are similar to Dutch
signals with the exception
that they use red and white
stripes on the poles rather
than black and white. (Photo
by Mark Furqueron)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND- These are painted like the Belgium ones, but
the design is more like the US.
Piccadilly Circus, LONDON, ENGLAND- In England, before the light
goes green, there is a short red with yellow phase.
No let turn sign is
illuminated at night.(Photos by
Signal From Sheffield,
England that utilizes a microwave detector at the top of the signal to detect
traffic. Note use of
arrow sign right next to green
arrow indication. (Photo by Peter Bull)
SCOTLAND- The signals here are identical to the British ones. (Photo by Cheryl Meddings)
PARIS, FRANCE- Very different looking traffic signals . Note the
smaller signal for the first driver in the cue, since European
signals are installed on the near- side curbs. These signals are
located near the"Place de la Concorde". (Left photo by
Mark Furqueron, right photo by Ruth Rietveld)
A different looking French signal!
Italian Signals typically are made of polycarbonate plastic, and
use a combo 12" red with 8" yellow and green sections.
The pedestrian signal are unique, in that they use three-section
signals to indicate the walk, pedestrian clearance, and don't walk
Mast arms have a gentle
up-sweep, and the overhead signals use black back plates with a
white stripe along it's outer edge.
Also note the smaller cue
signal at the top of the mast.
Close-up view of Italian
signal, showing the interesting lens design
and back plate with white
border. (Above photos by
Here are a few pictures of
German traffic signals.
Lenses tend to have more
cross-hatching, visors are of
the cut-away type, and the
doors can be round or square.
Germany also utilizes the red
/ yellow before green
phase. (Photos by Josh Hanz)
AUSTRIA- Similar to German
signal above. (Photo by Josh
SWITZERLAND- Example of a
Swiss signal. More
examples of different European
(Photo by Josh Hanz)
Picture of typical Spanish
signal. Note the small
two light "cue" light for the
first car in line.
Visors are also typically
elongated and semi-circular.
And here's one from a Scandinavian country.
It's a LED-based traffic signal,
photographed in the city of Örnsköldsvik in Sweden. I'm not totally sure but I
believe the rounded "shield" around it it to help make it more visible during
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