City of Burlington to further support 2SLGBTQIA+ community with more crosswalks and benches


Published August 11, 2021 at 6:47 pm


After the installation of Burlington’s first rainbow crosswalk last summer, city council wants to show additional support for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community with more rainbow crosswalks, benches and banners.

Back in June, city council voted to fund three additional rainbow crosswalks this year along with the consideration for the installation of three more rainbow crosswalks during the 2022 budget. This also has the potential for more crosswalks in 2023.

Additionally, council requested additional information to launch a rainbow bench and street flag program by the end of this year.

In May 2021, more than 4,000 individuals completed a Rainbow Crosswalk Survey to let City staff know they were in favour of more rainbow crosswalks throughout the City of Burlington.

As a result of the survey, the City will be implementing six additional Pride rainbow crosswalks by the end of 2022.

The survey asked the community to choose their top six locations for the crosswalks and after being reviewed by City staff, the Upper Middle Road at M.M. Robinson school entrance, Fairview Street and Drury Lane and Plains Road West and Botanical Drive locations were chosen.

Council has approved up to $50,000 from the Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve Fund for the installation of the first three rainbow crosswalks in 2021.

This year, the Councillor Bench Program will be considered for Pride rainbow-themed benches. Staff will present options for the program this fall which could potentially allow for one bench per ward in a location chosen by the ward councillor.

The Street Banner Program will also be looked at to include Pride rainbow-themed banners along major streets in Burlington. Staff have been asked to report back to council on options, locations, cost and funding source.

“We’ve heard directly from you how important it is to show visible signs of support and inclusion to our 2SLGBTQIA+ community. With three crosswalks coming this year, and consideration for three more next year as part of our 2022 budget, we can provide at least one in every Ward, to spread the message of inclusion across our city,” said Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

“Through this process, we’ve learned it’s extremely important to show a strong level of support for young people who may be struggling. You told us that a visual display of support from your City and your Council near your school goes a long way. We listened!”

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