Every Flemish municipality can get a rainbow pedestrian crossing

Every Flemish municipality can get a rainbow pedestrian crossing
A rainbow pedestrian crossing in Antwerp. Credit: Belga

The Agency for Roads and Traffic (AWV) is prepared to install and maintain one rainbow zebra crossing for pedestrians in every town or city in Flanders, if the local authorities so request.

The Agency will also be responsible for the costs, announced Flemish Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters in response to a written question by Brecht Warnez in the Flemish parliament.

Rainbow pedestrian crossings are becoming more and more common, and come in different formats: coloured stripes between the white bands, white stripes on the coloured stripes or a coloured band parallel to the white zebra crossing.

“All have one thing in common: the message that everyone is welcome, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,” Warnez said. “They encourage residents to be themselves.”

To reinforce this message, Minister Peeters announced that the Agency for Roads and Traffic can install and maintain a zebra crossing in every municipality on a regional road at the request of the local government.

This should also benefit uniformity, according to her. Multiple applications in the same municipality, however, are not possible.

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