A Richmond councillor is calling on the city to streamline how it deals with speciality crosswalks.
Following requests from Homma and Steves elementary schools to install rainbow crosswalks outside their buildings, Coun. Alexa Loo recommended a new approval process at this week’s public works and transportation committee meeting.
“We should probably have a process by which we consider it, we approve it, we have some sort of neighbourhood consultation, we partner maybe with the school board either on funding or at least make sure the school board’s on board with this,” said Loo. “We know that specialty crosswalks could have some people not want them in their neighbourhood or in front of their school.”
Loo said specialty crosswalks could provide opportunities for communities to come together, citing a Musqueam artist-designed crosswalk installed several years ago on Granville Street in Vancouver as an example. She added that a funding mechanism should also be in place to determine who would pay for the installation of specialty crosswalks.
Coun. Chak Au, the chair of the public works and transportation committee, also suggested staff look into other jurisdictions to see if they have policies around regulation and approval of specialty crosswalks.
Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel