In a move that’s left many women wishing their own cities would do the same, the city of Madrid has banned manspreading on public transportation. According to the Spanish news agency The Local, the most obnoxious practice ever has been prohibited across all the city’s public transit services.
Madrid’s Municipal Transportation Company (EMT) has implemented signage in all of its trains and buses that’s intended to dissuade passengers from manspreading and making the ride totally miserable for everyone their vicinity.
Women in Madrid have been pushing for a manspreading ban for months. A viral petition campaign titled #MadridSinManspreading (#MadridWithoutManspreading) was launched by Mujeres en Lucha and sent to the city’s mayor and regional president.
Madrid isn’t the first city to take a stand against manspreading — a similar campaign titled “Dude, please stop the spreading” was spearheaded by New York City’s MTA. As a result, New Yorkers must manspread at their own risk — NYPD officers have arrested men for the practice. So, manspreaders of Madrid, consider yourselves warned.