RAF Brize Norton Installs New Rainbow Crossing Design

A rainbow crossing is a way to support LGBTQIA+ people and signal inclusiveness in a neighborhood. It’s a simple concept that makes a big impact, and it’s popping up all over the place, from street art to sidewalk paintings.

A crosswalk painted in brightly colored stripes resembling the rainbow flag is set to be installed at RAF Brize Norton, connecting walking routes and improving safety near the front of the main gate for those entering and exiting the base. Sara Hayes, Estates Facilities Manager for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, said: “As a transgender person myself I’m really proud to see this project completed and unveiled on March 31st, which is Transgender Visibility Day. It also serves as a great reminder of the RAF’s commitment to making the Armed Forces a more inclusive and welcoming environment. Read more https://decorativecrossing.co.uk/

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The new crosswalk will replace a more worn version that was first painted in 2015, in time for Philadelphia Pride and the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision legalizing same-sex marriage. By 2018, it was showing wear and tear, with repeating bald spots where the paint had rubbed off. The city’s Streets Department didn’t have the funds for a full repainting, so workers had to cover it with asphalt.

The new design is a lot more durable than the original, and it’s less likely to be confused with a legal zebra crossing—the stripes are a much more precise arrangement. Plus, the color scheme isn’t as stark and may be more palatable to people with photosensitive epilepsy, who may be triggered by contrasting light and dark patterns.

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