More details and history of this exciting project are below! Please donate today!
Rainbow Crosswalk Working Group
There is a real public benefit to the City and Borough of Juneau having rainbow crosswalks. Juneau prides itself on being a welcoming community and rainbow crosswalks have come to symbolize the equality and the inclusion of all people. A rainbow crosswalk has been proposed in Juneau to demonstrate the community’s acceptance and welcoming stance for all people, regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or national origin, as per our Equal Rights Ordinance. There is also strong interest throughout the community in having color and art in the downtown area and rainbow crosswalks bring vibrant color to our streets.
In the spring of 2018 rainbow crosswalks were painted without city authorization, covered up by the city maintenance to comply with traffic safety standards and then repainted, again without city authorization. The issue became heated and the City Manager invited citizens interested in having rainbow crosswalks to form a group to work with the city on the subject. A workgroup was formed, and they developed a proposal for a pilot project to establish a rainbow crosswalk in the downtown corridor. The proposal was submitted to the City Manager in October 2018. The proposal was based on standards and practices used in other communities with successful rainbow crosswalk projects. The location of this crosswalk with be the intersection of Main and Front streets
The working group needs to raise enough money to maintain the crosswalk for three years, as it will likely need to be repainted annually. The working group is very excited that the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (JAHC) will serve as fiscal agents, to enable the working group to begin fundraising to complete this project. $10,000 is the fundraising goal for the first three years for installation of maintenance of this pilot project.
Thank you for supporting this project!
- Trish Turner Custard
- Brodie Anderson
- Jill Taylor
- Sarah Lewis
- Barbara Sheinberg
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