Hamilton councillors approve crosswalks at two locations

News Jun 18, 2018 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

A rainbow of colours will be painted in front of Hamilton city hall.

The city’s public works committee agreed to install rainbow crosswalks at four locations at Main Street West and Summers Lane in two directions and at Stirling Street and Forsyth Avenue in two directions, located in Ward 1, near McMaster University. The location was requested by Ward 1 Coun. Aidan Johnson.

“This very much speaks to diversity and inclusion,” said Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger, who introduced the motion at the June 18 meeting.

“We believe Hamilton is for all people,” said Eisenberger, pointing out June is Gay Pride Month. “We can reflect that with some colour on one of the most important intersections in the city.”

The rainbow crosswalk is a symbol of inclusiveness among the LGBTQ community.

The Main Street West and Summers Lane crosswalk is located across from city hall.

Eisenberger said people have been flocking to Hamilton city hall’s forecourt recently since the unveiling of the “Hamilton” sign and the new floral sculpture of “Jasmine” the butterfly and “Ralph” a puppy, who is eyeing a tennis ball.

“We have made some nice investments in our city hall forecourt,” said Eisenberger. “People are seeing their city hall in a different light.”

The proposed cost is about $6,000 per location. The funds will be taken from the city’s reserve fund.

Ward 2 Coun. Jason Farr had proposed in 2017 installing a rainbow-coloured crosswalk at the intersection of Ferguson Avenue and King William Street. The idea had been suggested by the International Village BIA.

But representatives of the LGBTQ advisory committee voiced some concerns about the idea.

This time the advisory committee approved the rainbow-coloured crosswalks at the two locations.

Eisenberger said he saw the “positive” impact of rainbow crosswalks had in Kitchener and he wanted have the same thing in Hamilton.

“Hopefully we can do (the rainbow colours) at other locations across the city,” said Eisenberger.

Martin White, manager of traffic operations, said the rainbow crosswalk will have white lines to contain the colours. But, he said, it will be a “full-blown, proper crosswalk. There will be no compromises.”

The first rainbow crosswalk in North America is considered to be the one installed in West Hollywood in 2012. Vancouver installed Canada’s first rainbow crosswalk in 2013 and it has taken off with in other municipalities such as Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton, and Kitchener.

Hamilton to install rainbow crosswalks in front of city hall

News Jun 18, 2018 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

A rainbow of colours will be painted in front of Hamilton city hall.

The city’s public works committee agreed to install rainbow crosswalks at four locations at Main Street West and Summers Lane in two directions and at Stirling Street and Forsyth Avenue in two directions, located in Ward 1, near McMaster University. The location was requested by Ward 1 Coun. Aidan Johnson.

“This very much speaks to diversity and inclusion,” said Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger, who introduced the motion at the June 18 meeting.

“We believe Hamilton is for all people,” said Eisenberger, pointing out June is Gay Pride Month. “We can reflect that with some colour on one of the most important intersections in the city.”

The rainbow crosswalk is a symbol of inclusiveness among the LGBTQ community.

The Main Street West and Summers Lane crosswalk is located across from city hall.

Eisenberger said people have been flocking to Hamilton city hall’s forecourt recently since the unveiling of the “Hamilton” sign and the new floral sculpture of “Jasmine” the butterfly and “Ralph” a puppy, who is eyeing a tennis ball.

“We have made some nice investments in our city hall forecourt,” said Eisenberger. “People are seeing their city hall in a different light.”

The proposed cost is about $6,000 per location. The funds will be taken from the city’s reserve fund.

Ward 2 Coun. Jason Farr had proposed in 2017 installing a rainbow-coloured crosswalk at the intersection of Ferguson Avenue and King William Street. The idea had been suggested by the International Village BIA.

But representatives of the LGBTQ advisory committee voiced some concerns about the idea.

This time the advisory committee approved the rainbow-coloured crosswalks at the two locations.

Eisenberger said he saw the “positive” impact of rainbow crosswalks had in Kitchener and he wanted have the same thing in Hamilton.

“Hopefully we can do (the rainbow colours) at other locations across the city,” said Eisenberger.

Martin White, manager of traffic operations, said the rainbow crosswalk will have white lines to contain the colours. But, he said, it will be a “full-blown, proper crosswalk. There will be no compromises.”

The first rainbow crosswalk in North America is considered to be the one installed in West Hollywood in 2012. Vancouver installed Canada’s first rainbow crosswalk in 2013 and it has taken off with in other municipalities such as Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton, and Kitchener.

Hamilton to install rainbow crosswalks in front of city hall

News Jun 18, 2018 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

A rainbow of colours will be painted in front of Hamilton city hall.

The city’s public works committee agreed to install rainbow crosswalks at four locations at Main Street West and Summers Lane in two directions and at Stirling Street and Forsyth Avenue in two directions, located in Ward 1, near McMaster University. The location was requested by Ward 1 Coun. Aidan Johnson.

“This very much speaks to diversity and inclusion,” said Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger, who introduced the motion at the June 18 meeting.

“We believe Hamilton is for all people,” said Eisenberger, pointing out June is Gay Pride Month. “We can reflect that with some colour on one of the most important intersections in the city.”

The rainbow crosswalk is a symbol of inclusiveness among the LGBTQ community.

The Main Street West and Summers Lane crosswalk is located across from city hall.

Eisenberger said people have been flocking to Hamilton city hall’s forecourt recently since the unveiling of the “Hamilton” sign and the new floral sculpture of “Jasmine” the butterfly and “Ralph” a puppy, who is eyeing a tennis ball.

“We have made some nice investments in our city hall forecourt,” said Eisenberger. “People are seeing their city hall in a different light.”

The proposed cost is about $6,000 per location. The funds will be taken from the city’s reserve fund.

Ward 2 Coun. Jason Farr had proposed in 2017 installing a rainbow-coloured crosswalk at the intersection of Ferguson Avenue and King William Street. The idea had been suggested by the International Village BIA.

But representatives of the LGBTQ advisory committee voiced some concerns about the idea.

This time the advisory committee approved the rainbow-coloured crosswalks at the two locations.

Eisenberger said he saw the “positive” impact of rainbow crosswalks had in Kitchener and he wanted have the same thing in Hamilton.

“Hopefully we can do (the rainbow colours) at other locations across the city,” said Eisenberger.

Martin White, manager of traffic operations, said the rainbow crosswalk will have white lines to contain the colours. But, he said, it will be a “full-blown, proper crosswalk. There will be no compromises.”

The first rainbow crosswalk in North America is considered to be the one installed in West Hollywood in 2012. Vancouver installed Canada’s first rainbow crosswalk in 2013 and it has taken off with in other municipalities such as Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton, and Kitchener.