City Approves Rainbow Crosswalk



A sign  during the Melrose Street Fair Mar. 3 marks the spot of the now approved crosswalk.


The Phoenix City Council issued a public request for proposals (“R.F.P.”) to bid on the installation of two rainbow painted crosswalks, one at 7th and Glenrosa Avenues in Melrose and the other in Downtown Phoenix.

The approval followed months of discussion between project sponsor Phoenix Pride and Mayor Greg Stanton’s office, but was only added to the City Council’s regular Policy Session Agenda this past Friday. The proposal also had the support of Councilwoman Laura Pastor, in whose District 4 the crosswalk will be installed.

The Phoenix Streets Department will now have 30 days to determine what materials will be needed for the crosswalk, which will be paid for by private donations through Phoenix Pride. The crosswalk will most likely be installed by private contractors who must submit bids to the City.

As of yet, no public funding is budgeted to install or maintain the crosswalk, which must meet City standards. Pride has been studying crosswalks in other southwestern cities like Tucson and Los Angeles to determine how to maintain it, especially during Arizona’s extreme heat.

“We wanted to have this done by Pride Festival (April 7-8),” said Phoenix Pride President Mark Leeper. “But as long as it’s done by Rainbow Festival (Fall 2018) it will great.” Pride is considering several more sites in Melrose and Downtown Phoenix for rainbow crosswalks. The Council also approved a crosswalk at Central Avenue and Portland Street, in front of the Parsons’ Child and Family Center (across from Fez Bistro and Foundre Hotel.)

Read much more  here, including comments from Pride and others, and check back often as more details become available.