The small town of Triberg, Germany, has just inaugurated two men-only parking spots in one of its underground parking garages.
Clearly marked with a black Mars symbol, the spots are surrounded by concrete walls and columns, making them harder to park in than the other spots in the parking garage.
According to the team that designed the parking garage women are less likely to correctly and quickly park in the spots so they are reserved for men.
"It's about humor and marketing," jokes Gallus Strobel, who has been the mayor of Triberg since 2002.
Strobel explains that many women view the men-only spots as a challenge and try to park in them anyways. Although that is technically illegal, the city does not issue the women tickets. Strobel did not mention how many women have successfully parallel-parked into the spots.
The men-only spots have caused a stir in a small town that is not used to international publicity.
"It's just incredible," raves Strobel, "I never expected such a massive and worldwide reaction to the parking spots. I've spent countless hours on the phone and I've had several television stations come out and see the spots for themselves. I'm very happy, I think we hit one of society's nerves, it makes people think."
Photo taken by Ronan Glon.