Although the precise locations have yet to be determined, all four of Burnaby’s town centres have been green-lighted to feature new rainbow-coloured crosswalks celebrating the LGBTQ community.
Burnaby city council approved on Monday night a motion by councillor Dan Johnston requesting city staff to identify four high-profile intersections in each town centre for the eventual painting of permanent rainbow crosswalks.
He cites a 2017 study by the Canadian Community Health Survey and BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS that estimated the LGBTQ population in the neighbouring City of Vancouver to be up to 40,000+, but this is “in an environment where not everyone is willing or able to declare.”
Furthermore, he adds, “proportionally comparable populations of LGBTQ are believed to exist in neighbouring metro communities.”
The intent is to have at least one of the new crosswalks ready in time for Burnaby’s Pride celebration this August.
City staff will also explore the use of its casino revenues from Grand Villa Casino to cover the cost of the installations.
Earlier this month, Port Moody unveiled a rainbow crosswalk that cost $13,000 to paint.
Across the province, there are now over 40 LGBTQ rainbow crosswalks installed or in the planning stages. This includes the famous rainbow crosswalk in the Davie Village in downtown Vancouver’s West End, as well as installations in Coquitlam, Surrey, and White Rock.
Delta is also currently in the process of considering a similar crosswalk installation.
Most municipalities and jurisdictions typically only have one rainbow crosswalk.