Town of BWG Installs First Inclusivity Crosswalks
Bradford West Gwillimbury, ON (May 20, 2022) – With Pride month just around the corner, the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury is proud to unveil its first set of inclusivity crosswalks along Holland Street West, north at Moore Street, and south at Drury Street.
BWG's Healthy Communities Advisory Committee brought forth the idea in 2021, as a symbol of support for diversity, inclusion, and acceptance for everyone in our community.
At the October 5, 2021 Committee of the Whole meeting, the Town's Transportation Manager, Joe Coleman, shared examples of rainbow crosswalk installations from other communities, to support and celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S+) community.
Council approved the installation of the Progress Pride Flag, by designer Daniel Quasar, which adds a five-coloured chevron to the legacy six-coloured pride flag, widely recognized as the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. The Progress flag includes black and brown stripes to represent marginalized LGBT communities of colour, along with the colours pink, light blue, and white, which are used on the Transgender Pride Flag.
|Members of Council, the Healthy Communities Advisory Committee, Anti-Racism Advisory Committee, and the Library Board at the unveiling of the Inclusivity Crosswalks along Holland Street West. |
“Our inclusivity crosswalks were installed not only to celebrate Pride Month but to show our continuous support to our LGBTQ2S+ community throughout the entire year. I am proud to have the crosswalks as a permanent fixture within our local landscape – a constant reminder that Bradford West Gwillimbury is a place where all are welcome, celebrated, and respected." – Mayor Rob Keffer
The crosswalk installation can be seen along Holland Street West, at the Moore Street (north) and Drury Street (south) intersections.