A unique road crossing celebrating Coventry as a diverse and inclusive city is to be installed this evening.
The multicoloured pelican crossing, to be located at Bull Yard in Coventry city centre, will be stylised using the colours of the LGBT Pride flag.
It won’t be the first rainbow crossing – with many showing up across the country in recent years – but the markings will be Coventry’s first, inspired by a Pride mural painted on the tarmac last year after the former Nationwide building was demolished.
Councillor Patricia Hetherton called the planned crossing “a powerful symbol for inclusivity.”
The crossing will be conveniently located opposite Coventry’s flagship LGBT bar and club, The Yard, which hosts weekly cabaret and event nights.
Cllr Hetherton praised the location as “perfect”, continuing, “it gives a warm welcome to those arriving from the station and we’re incredibly proud to be able to get this installed and to remind people that hatred and bigotry have no place in our city.”
Road works to update the crossing in its new colours will begin at 7:30 pm this evening and is expected to take around four hours to complete.
The new crossing forms part of wider public realm work on regenerating the Bull Yard area, which has seen new resin-bonded gravel laid, a water feature and new lighting.
Additional new lighting was recently installed nearby at Greyfriars Green, brightening up the pathway – and plans are underway to light up Christchurch Spire at night.
Councillor David Welsh said the rainbow crossing is “something that local people, visitors and shoppers can enjoy and shows our commitment to inclusivity as a city.”