New rainbow-coloured road crossing unveiled in York – as a symbol of inclusivity

28 Jan 2021 @ 8.53 am
| News

An inclusive rainbow-coloured road crossing has been unveiled in York.

The crossing – featuring the colours of the Progress Pride Flag – has been completed ahead of LGBT+ History Month in February – is at the University of York.

The Progress Pride Flag includes

  • all the colours of the Rainbow Pride flag which is widely recognised as the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) communities;
  • the black and brown stripes to represent marginalised LGBT+ communities of colour;
  • and the colours pink, light blue and white, which are used on the Trans Pride Flag.

In addition, the black and brown stripes also represent those living with AIDS, and those no longer living.

Commitment to equality

The crossing point, outside the Spring Lane Building on Campus West, had been due for renewal.

Students and stafff suggested the installation of a new inclusive crossing. The crossing also has new dropped kerbs and tactile paving to ensure it is accessible for all.

Professor Johnson from the Department of Sociology said: “The crossing is a public representation of the university’s commitment to LGBT+ equality. It sends an important message to all members of the university, that LGBT+ people belong and are valued in our community.

“Most importantly, it is a permanent reminder to us all that promoting equality, and challenging discrimination, are daily actions that concern us all.

“Only together can we create and sustain a community in which each and every one of us is valued and esteemed for who we are.” 

Carly Precious, community and wellbeing officer at the Students’ Union YUSU said: “The crossing is a way of integrating inclusivity into our everyday lives and symbolises our goal to be a welcoming and accepting community.”

The colourful crossing, which is located on the existing informal pedestrian crossing point on a road owned by the University, has a 10mph speed limit and has been safety audited and designed independently by a traffic safety engineer.

It also has advance signs either side of the crossing to provide road safety reassurance.