The concept of a rainbow crosswalk downtown has support among Vernon politicians.
On Tuesday, resident Travis Irmen made the pitch for an eight-colour crosswalk at 31st Street and 30th Avenue.
“It’s a diverse symbol,” he said.
And that appears to be the opinion of most city council members.
“It’s so visible and everyone will be on it. It will keep it in mind,” said Coun. Catherine Lord.
Coun. Brian Quiring insists the rainbow crosswalk would go beyond LGBTQ residents.
“It’s all about awareness and promotes a lot of good things. It’s not a singular issue icon,” he said.
Also rallying behind the prospect of a coloured crosswalk is Coun. Juliette Cunningham.
“The colours represent inclusivity,” she said.
“The presentation was very thoughtful.”
Coun. Bob Spiers says he has no concerns about a coloured crosswalk but he questions a downtown intersection. His preference is at schools.
“This would keep the message alive and provide more safety for students,” he said of inclusivity and visibility.
However, some reservations exist at council.
“One of the discussion points is who pays for it?” said Mayor Akbal Mund, adding that a rainbow crosswalk could also set a precedent.
“What other groups will want their symbolism on city structures?”
Coun. Scott Anderson refused media requests to say where he stands on the issue.
“You will find out my thoughts at the next meeting,” he said.
Coun. Dalvir Nahal was absent Tuesday.