"Mary Poppins" pedestrian crossing lights started popping up in this city

If you love Mary Poppins, we hope you have your umbrella ready and magic bag packed. The Australian town of Maryborough — where Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers was born — installed Mary Poppins-themed pedestrian crossing lights to honor their former citizen. Fans of the famous nanny should put this town on their travel list.

The first of these crossing lights was put in front of Travers’ birthplace on Richmond Street, in preparation for the Mary Poppins Festival (June 23rd to July 2nd).

When the light is red, the character’s silhouette is depicted with her umbrella down at her side. And when the light is green, Poppins’ umbrella is up and open, ready for takeoff.

The first of the Mary Poppins pedestrian lights has been installed outside of the birthplace of PL Travers in Richmond Street, Maryborough #marypoppinslights

Posted by Fraser Coast Regional Council on Thursday, June 15, 2017

According to the Fraser Coast Regional Council, the lights are part of the larger Maryborough Story Trail. The trail leads to historic landmarks and buildings throughout the city, and three other lights will be installed at different locations later this year.

Mary Poppins will replace the traditional stickman image on pedestrian crossing lights at five intersections in Maryborough.The move will reinforce the link between the city and Mary Poppins Author PL Travers, the Mary Poppins statue and the annual Mary Poppins festival.The intersections to be targeted are Kent and Richmond streets; Kent and Bazaar streets; Kent and Adelaide streets; Ellena and Adelaide streets and Ellena and Lennox streets, which are part of the Maryborough Story Trail.Two of the lanterns will be replaced this year and the rest will be replaced gradually as part of future intersection upgrades.

Posted by Fraser Coast Regional Council on Tuesday, April 11, 2017
“Melbourne might have its female silhouettes on their pedestrian lights, but this is the first time someone has used the lights to pay homage to Mary Poppins and PL Travers,” Maryborough councillor Paul Truscott said via the Regional Council website.
Mary Poppins Lights

The Queensland birthplace of Mary Poppins' author Pamela Travers has switched on the first of its new traffic lights - honouring the world famous nanny.Latest 7 News: http://bit.ly/7NewsLatest#7 News

Posted by 7 News Brisbane on Thursday, June 15, 2017

Citizens and tourists have already started snapping pics of the new lights in action. Truscott asks that if you share your photos of the new Poppins lights, that you add the #marrypoppinslights to your post.

Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to the 1964 Disney film starring Emily Blunt, is set to come out in 2018.

If we ruled the world, all pedestrian crossing signs would be replaced with Mary Poppins lights.

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