Bilingual Street Signs Hit Columbia
Trying to translate street signs on the go? Not for long in Columbia's tourist centers.
The mayor of Bogota, Columbia, Gustavo Petro, has succeeded in his efforts to install street signs that will be easy to understand for visitors to his city. The new signs will offer text in English, Spanish, and Braille.
Tourists to the city have long been stuck staring at the current street signs, trying to interpret their meanings, which wastes time and affects their overall visit to the South American nation. Petro hopes that the changes to the street signs will elevate a tourist's experience and place Bogota up with the great world destinations like Paris and New York City as multicultural meccas.
The new signs will be installed in the city's historic district of La Candelaria, which is a tourist hotspot. If the bilingual signs are a hit, the city plans to expand the project to aid tourism in other parts of the city. Most of the street signs in the area will be specific to attractions for tourists, including welcome signs and ones that lead to points of interest.
Bogota officials have already picked 19 spots in the city that would be fitted with the new street signs if the project is found successful.
Many destinations around the globe offer bilingual signs to some degree. Scotland has even offered bilingual street signs for its own citizens in areas where English and the native Gaelic are spoken. While reports from Scottish officials have not found data that either supports or refutes the use of the new street signs, tourists are surely comforted by seeing the signs in their native language.