Pink refuge islands will keep their colour, Wijchen says

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Last week bright pink refuge islands started popping up on Havenweg in the town of Wijchen near Nijmegen.

According to Volkskrant, the civil servant responsible for ordering the paint used the wrong colour code (it should have been a dark red) and the painters never questioned the result, so now Wijchen has its own ‘world famous’ refuge islands.

Realising their mistake, the municipality wanted to have the pink islands painted over but citizens liked the effect, so the striking colour stays. Deputy Mayor Paul Loermans said about the mistakes: “To err is human. Apart from getting the colour wrong, the painters actually did a neat job.”

Omroep Gelderland suspected a marketing stunt because a bike race for women will be passing through Wijchen next week, but everybody involved denies the allegations vehemently. “A lucky mistake”, both the organizers of the race and the municipality told the broadcaster.

This shade of pink is sometimes called ‘zuurstokroze’ in Dutch, ‘candy cane pink’.

(Photo: reconstruction via Google Street View)

3 Comments »

  1. Why use a photophuq from Google Street View? It was on DutchNews last week, could have stolen actual images from them. ;)

    Comment by Alex from Amsterdam — September 7, 2014 @ 6:12 pm

  2. We’d presumably have to pay Omroep Gelderland for the use of that photo. Unfortunately we don’t make that kind of money, usually the choice is between using a free image or no image at all.

    Comment by Branko Collin — September 7, 2014 @ 6:34 pm

  3. Indeed, we don’t steal, that’s not cool :)

    Comment by Orangemaster — September 10, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

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