Brixton Road outside the Tube station is the site for a new “green woman” traffic light signal.
Transport for London (TfL) announced today on International Women’s Day (8 March) that had installed the new symbols in more than 20 places, including Brixton.
It said they “veer away from the common, narrow representations of women”.
TfL said the symbols “depict a diverse range of women and challenge the common image of a woman in a dress to signify gender”.
The reimagined symbols also “serve as a reminder of the huge contribution women make to all aspects of society, including the transport network, and improve the visibility of women on London’s streets”.
The signals were produced for free by Siemens Mobility, which installed them with TfL partners, Telent and Cubic.
Tfl said the designs have been created in line with the safety features of the green man figure, ensuring pedestrians relying on the green signal to cross the road can still recognise the cue indicating it is safe to do so.
Felicity Luckett, TfL’s asset operations performance manager said: “We are excited to have created a set of new diverse green woman pedestrian crossings to mark International Women’s Day.
“It is important we commemorate the hard work, contributions and success of women across London every day and even more so on International Women’s Day.
“We hope that by increasing the visibility of women with these signals in public and shared spaces, Londoners will be reminded of the huge contributions of women.”
TfL said it is supporting women’s progression into senior management roles by reviewing and improving the internal and external recruitment processes in place – including the use of anonymised software to eliminate unconscious bias – and focusing on career development opportunities.
There are also new green women signals at Clapham High Street by Stonhouse Street; Streatham High Road by Woodbourne Avenue; and Tooting High Street by Coverton Road.