Wednesday, July 10, 2019

City plans pedestrian-friendly rainbow crosswalk for Pride

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2019 at 5:01 PM

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After artists in the Knobhill Urban Arts District took Pride into their own hands and spray-painted a crosswalk in the rainbow colors of the LGBTQ Pride flag, the city's dormant conversation about installing a rainbow crosswalk has been reignited.

The Knobhill crosswalk violated safety standards, according to the City of Colorado Springs' Public Works department, but it did get people talking. Now, the city has announced that a temporary rainbow crosswalk will be installed on July 12 at the south side of the intersection of Tejon Street and Colorado Avenue.

This comes about through a collaboration between the city government, downtown businesses and EAS Creative Consortium, a sponsor of PrideFest. No taxpayer dollars were used, according to the city's press release.

The crosswalk will be deinstalled on Monday, July 15, after our local PrideFest (July 13-14).

So why is the crosswalk only temporary? The material the city is using, AlumiGraphics, may only be used until it begins to show wear, due to national safety standards. But this isn't the end of the Springs' dreams of a permanent rainbow crosswalk.

From the press release: "Downtown Partnership will continue to work with the Traffic Engineering Division of Public Works to investigate the potential for permanent embellished crosswalks over the course of the next year. This pilot program initially will be tested through Downtown Partnership’s nonprofit arm, Downtown Ventures, alongside their established public art programs such as Art on the Streets, InterSection traffic signal cabinet art, and ArtSpot. No taxpayer dollars will be used."

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