Just in time for Calgary Pride festivities, multi-coloured crosswalks bearing the colours of the LGBTQ rainbow flag and blue, white, and pink trans flag are being painted at the busy intersection of Centre Street and Stephen Street in the heart of downtown Calgary.
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The permanent installations will be painted over the coming days, with the crosswalks scheduled to be ready for use this Sunday.
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In a release, Calgary Pride says the location was selected based on its high visibility, high pedestrian impact, and lower vehicle traffic volumes, with the selection process including consultation with the LGBTQ community and local businesses.
“Calgary Pride is proud that both trans and racial representation is seen in the two flag designs chosen; this is not a statement that Calgary Pride or Calgary are as inclusive and diverse as we need to be, but instead a reminder of how far we’ve come, an ongoing commitment to never turn back and a pledge to continue down the path for all Calgarians to feel a sense of belonging,” reads the release.
Zoom Painting is painting the crosswalks and has committed to the cost of maintenance for a period of up to 10 years. The company was also involved with last year’s permanent LGBTQ crosswalk installation at Mount Royal University.
This year’s annual Calgary Pride festivities are scheduled from August 23 to September 29, with the flagship parade event on September 1.