A rainbow crossing design first appeared in West Hollywood as part of a 2012 Gay Pride month initiative and has since spread to cities across the world. While the colourful pedestrian crossings have proven popular, they are also subject to hate crimes and vandalism. Read more https://creativecrosswalks.co.uk/
Now a crosswalk in Herne Hill has joined the rainbow ranks after the unveiling of a new set today by Lambeth council. The council said the rainbow crossings were “a symbol of Lambeth’s inclusivity with its large LGBT community”. The two rainbow crossings are located outside the entrance to Brockwell Park on Dulwich Road and Railton Road, and were painted by local roadworks crews during PATCO station accessibility work.
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In other rainbow news, a pair of rainbow crossings have been installed on the Royal Air Force Brize Norton base, marking the first such crosswalk present on a military establishment in the UK. The project was conceived by Sara Hayes, who works as the Estates Facilities Manager for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation at RAF Brize Norton. “It’s great to be able to link up walking routes and promote diversity on our base,” she told the BBC.
The rainbow crosswalks feature the colours of the LGBTQIA+ flag and have been greeted with praise by many local residents. The project is one of the aims of the Karangahape Enhancement Project, which aims to preserve the neighbourhood’s character and create a street environment that supports a growing community.