And why wouldn’t they? She’s English, she’s badass, and she’s – for a fabricated character – well, hot. In July of last year, Derby, UK asked for suggestions for new roads. After receiving more than one hundred suggestions (either people aren’t creative with names or no one gives a crap about street names), the city council narrowed down the choices to eight names, one of which includes Lara Croft Way – which sounds more like a workout video than anything else.
According to BBC reports, some of the other options for road names also included engineer George Sorocold and footballer Steve Bloomer.
Through a poll on the internet people chose their favorite street names, with Lara Croft Way owning 89 percent of the votes of the 27,000 individuals who participated.
“The vote really captured the imagination of people from across the world and, despite my lack of gaming knowledge, I accept that a majority of 89% for Lara Croft is too overwhelming to ignore,” Lucy Care, cabinet member for planning and transportation, told the BBC. “She was created in Derby and deserves to stand alongside some of the more traditional icons of the city.”
For the unaware, Lara Croft was created by Derby-based Core Design, who went bye-bye in 2006.