Halton Hills has its first rainbow crosswalk.
The multicoloured street crossover was unveiled in Georgetown yesterday at the intersection of Market and Church Sts.
The symbolic design is meant to show the Town’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
“Rainbows have long been a symbol of the LGBTQ community,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “The unveiling of Halton Hills’ first rainbow coloured crosswalk creates a permanent visual show of support for our 2SLGBTQ+ community.”
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The Halton Hills Public Library contributed to the initiative along with local businesses who supported the rainbow crosswalk installation including: Generations Physiotherapy Centre, Georgetown Chevrolet Buick GMC/Ltd., Inkwell Montessori and GAE Inc., Your Home Today Realty Inc. Brokerage, Sil Sells Inc., Cartwheels Gym Centre and Friends of the Halton Hills Library.
Crosswalk champion Councillor Jane Fogal said: “In the spirit of a multi-coloured crosswalk, there were many people from the community who came together to make this permanent demonstration of diversity a reality in Halton Hills. My thanksto the Town and our sponsors for making it happen.”
The rainbow crosswalk is made of thermoplastic, a plastic material made of a binder, pigments, filler, and glass beads that require heating to be molded. Thermoplastic material lasts longer that regular road paint. Hot application increases thermoplastic material durability.
To commemorate the initiative, photos were taken on the crosswalk recreating the Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road album cover illustrating ‘remaining together yet apart’.