Two colourful intersections

Two colourful intersections

Crosswalks cost $3,900

A message of inclusiveness at two Summerland intersections has come with a $3,900 price tag.

A message of inclusiveness at two Summerland intersections has come with a $3,900 price tag.

Earlier this month, two downtown crosswalks were painted in the colours of the rainbow flag as a show of support for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

The crosswalks are at the intersection of Main Street and Kelly Avenue and at the mid-block crossing on Victoria Road North, between Main Street and Jubilee Road West.

Don Darling, director of engineering and public works for the municipality, said the crosswalk painting cost $1,950 for each of the two crosswalks.

Aardvark Pavement Marking Services of Penticton did the work.

The cost of the intersections works out to 0.0344 per cent of Summerland’s 2015 budget’s general fund of $11,327,346.

The crosswalks are based on the rainbow flag, which features horizontal bands of bright colours.

This flag has been used as an LGBT pride flag since the late 1970s.

Since the rainbow crosswalk concept was introduced in Summerland at the end of the Aug. 10 municipal council meeting, members of the public have voiced some strong opinions both for and against the colourful intersections.