Rainbow-colored crosswalks to be painted near San Antonio's gay bars
SAN ANTONIO —
Rainbow-colored crosswalks will be installed later this year, despite objections from city transportation officials.
On Wednesday, the city’s governance committee, made up of a handful of council members, approved the pride crosswalk at the heart of San Antonio’s LGBT community at North Main Street and East Evergreen Avenue. The vote was unanimous.
Councilman Roberto Treviño of District 1 is behind the proposal.
“We have the opportunity to highlight San Antonio as a compassionate and inclusive city while addressing basic infrastructure needs,” Treviño said in a statement. “There is significant support from the both the community, local organizations and businesses, and over the next few months we will really see the broad financial support for this initiative materialize.”
However, staff from the Transportation and Capital Improvements Department recommended the plan not go forward. The concern was a painted crosswalk could be distracting and dangerous, and people may even take selfies in the street.
Councilman Greg Brockhouse, who is not on the governance committee, raised objections in a statement.
“We have so many more pressing issues in our City than painting crosswalks,” he said. “We need to get to fix the basics now. Instead of painting crosswalks we should be building crosswalks for schools, hiring more police officers and fixing our crumbling infrastructure.”
The crosswalk should be painted by late November or early December. There will be a six-month test run to check on any impact to driver or pedestrian safety, then the results will be reported to the city’s transportation committee.
The majority of the funding will be from private donors -- $48,000. The city will spend $20,000 on the project, which should be complete around Thanksgiving.