North Vancouver unveils its first rainbow crosswalk celebrating LGBTQ community

Aug 16 2019, 11:31 am

The City of North Vancouver, alongside the North Shore Pride Alliance, has unveiled the North Shore’s first Pride rainbow crosswalk, in celebration and support of the LGBTQ2+ community.

The new crosswalk is located at Lonsdale Avenue and 14th Street, a frequently occupied area of the city. It’s also just metres away from North Vancouver’s City Library and city hall, as well as a short distance from Lonsdale Quay.

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North Vancouver’s first rainbow crosswalk, located at Lonsdale Avenue and 14th Street (City of North Vancouver)

“Our city embraces and celebrates diversity in all forms including sexual orientation and gender identity,” says Mayor Linda Buchanan in a written statement. “I’m very proud of our rainbow crosswalk, a symbol of our solidarity with the LGBTQ2+ community, demonstrating that everyone is welcome in our city.”

The crosswalk comes just after a successful Pride Week celebrated in the North Shore, which included events at The Shipyards, and a flag-raising celebration at city hall.

North Vancouver’s first rainbow crosswalk, located at Lonsdale Avenue and 14th Street (City of North Vancouver)

North Vancouver joins a number of Metro Vancouver municipalities that have installed rainbow crosswalks, including Port Moody and Richmond.

The City of Burnaby has also approved the installation of four crosswalks, which will be located at all four of Burnaby’s town centres.

As a whole, there are now over 40 LGBTQ rainbow crosswalks installed or in planning stages, including the famous rainbow crosswalk in the Davie Village in downtown Vancouver’s West End.