LGBT in B.C.: Port Moody, Invermere, and Qualicum Beach all approve LGBT–inclusive rainbow crosswalks

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      Colourful crosswalks continue to brighten up streets across the Lower Mainland and throughout B.C.

      The latest municipality to join the rainbow connection is Port Moody.

      Port Moody Acting Mayor Meghan Lahti and council officially launched the multihued crossing in the 200 block of Newport Drive during a special event on April 30.

      “The rainbow crosswalk is a symbol of pride and acceptance for the LGBTQ2+ community,” Lahti stated in a news release. “It’s also a symbol of diversity and the strength we gain when we all stand together and support each other. With the installation of this crosswalk, we’re sending a clear message that Port Moody is an inclusive community where everyone is welcome.” 

      The Newport Village crosswalk is a part of the Newport Drive Crosswalks Improvement Project, which will install curb extensions with raised crosswalks along Newport Drive between Ioco Road and Ungless way.

      The rainbow crosswalk cost $13,000 while the total project cost $337,000. TransLink contributed $40,000 to the Newport Drive project.

      While some rainbow crosswalks have been vandalized in the past, this crosswalk is made with skid-resistant methyl methacrylate resin and also has a high level of colour stability.

      Rainbow crosswalks are either under consideration or have been approved in several other British Columbian communities this year.

      Delta city council is considering the possibility of installing a rainbow crosswalk, which is estimated to cost $6,500.

      In January, high-school students in Invermere successfully convinced council to approve the painting of a rainbow crosswalk across from their school.

      Then in February, Qualicum Beach council approved the installation of a rainbow crosswalk, with expenses estimated to cost $8,500.