Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the Transportation Committee, Somerset Councillor Catherine McKenney, and members of the public celebrated the City’s support of Ottawa’s LGBTQ community when they officially unveiled the refreshed Rainbow Crosswalks at the intersection of Bank Street and Somerset Street West today.
The crosswalks, originally installed in 2016 through a partnership between the City of Ottawa and the Bank Street BIA, are made of a thermoplastic material. They have been refreshed in advance of Capital Pride celebrations in Ottawa taking place in August.
The crosswalks function the same as any other, except these display the rainbow colours of the Pride Flag.
“The revitalized Rainbow Crosswalks are an important symbol that demonstrate the City’s continued efforts to advance equity and inclusion of our diverse population. They reflect the contributions of residents and businesses in the area, and reinforce the message that Ottawa is a city for everyone.”
Mayor Jim Watson
“These crosswalks and what they signify are important to residents and local businesses alike. This is an example of how the City can provide quality infrastructure while enhancing the streetscape to reflect the community it serves.”
Chair Keith Egli
“Over the years, the Rainbow Crosswalks have become an integral part of the neighbourhood. They send a strong message to residents and visitors about Ottawa’s values and support of the LGBTQ community.”
Councillor Catherine McKenney
“In advance of the Capital Pride celebrations taking place later this month, it is the perfect time to revitalize this community landmark. The Rainbow Crosswalks are a daily reminder of the dynamic presence and important contributions of LGBTQ people to the city.”
Toby Whitfield, Chair of Capital Pride