New permanent LGBTQ rainbow crosswalk painted in Richmond

Jul 23 2019, 5:59 am

A permanent rainbow crosswalk to celebrate and acknowledge the LGBTQ community has been painted on Minoru Road, just a month after Richmond’s city council approved the installation.

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This colourful mid-block crosswalk is adjacent to Richmond Library and Cultural Centre and the City Hall Annex, and immediately southwest of CF Richmond Centre shopping mall.

In their recommendation to city council last month, city staff said the location is ideal because of its high pedestrian traffic and how it would complement the rainbow-painted stairs at the main entrance of the library and cultural centre. The installation cost approximately $15,000 to paint.

Richmond LGBTQ rainbow crosswalk

New LGBTQ rainbow crosswalk on Minoru Boulevard, adjacent to the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre, in Richmond. (City of Richmond)

There are currently over 40 cities across the province with LGBTQ rainbow crosswalks or other physical visual representations, including rainbow crosswalks in Vancouver, Surrey, Coquitlam, New Westminster, and White Rock.

Richmond’s installation follows the recent completion of a rainbow crosswalk in Port Moody, and the approval of four rainbow crosswalks in Burnaby.

Delta is also currently in the process of considering a rainbow crosswalk or bench installation.

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