Surrey gets a second permanent LGBTQ rainbow crosswalk

Aug 21 2019, 6:46 pm

Just in time for the start of the new academic year, the school district of the City of Surrey has installed a permanent rainbow crosswalk at its head office, making it the second LGBTQ rainbow crosswalk in the municipality.

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Installation work on the crosswalk, located in the parking lot of the District Education Centre at 14033 92 Avenue, began early this week and was completed today.

This follows the municipal government’s permanent rainbow crosswalk installation in June 2018, painted at the intersection of Old Yale Road and University Drive near Holland Park.

Repairs were made to the crosswalk days later after it was vandalized with splashes of white paint.


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Since the first installation in Surrey, rainbow crosswalks acknowledging and celebrating the LGBTQ community have been popping up across the region.

Since spring, permanent installations have also been made in Port MoodyRichmond, and Burnaby, which plans to eventually create four rainbow crosswalks — one for each of its town centres.

A rainbow crosswalk was also unveiled at the intersection of Lonsdale Avenue and 14th Street by the City of North Vancouver last week.

There are now roughly 50 LGBTQ rainbow crosswalks installed or in planning stages across BC, including the famous rainbow crosswalk in the Davie Village in downtown Vancouver’s West End. Other crosswalks include locations in Coquitlam, New Westminster, and White Rock.

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