Carrboro will install North Carolina’s first rainbow crosswalk in support of the LGBTQ community.
The crosswalk, which will replace a preexisting crosswalk on East Main Street, will also include a black and brown stripe to include communities of color, a design which was introduced in Philadelphia earlier this year.
Carrboro’s Arts Commission has pointed to crosswalk designs in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as examples of how local artists can get creative with this project, which Alderwoman Bethany Chaney agrees with.
“As much as everyone was supportive of the flag’s stripes, I felt like there was opportunity to think about Carrboro in general as a creative place, an artistic place and a safe place,” said Chaney.
Carrboro’s Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to approve the project under the condition that the white borders are made larger for safety reasons.
The project will be completed by public works staff and will cost roughly $600.