West Hollywood’s Rainbow Crosswalk lives to slay another day. The rainbow colors were scheduled to be removed this past Tuesday night, to make way for the new, more inclusive Pride Progress Flag Crosswalks within the intersection of San Vicente and Santa Monica Boulevards, on both the north and south approaches. However, cold windy weather stalled the removal of the Rainbow crosswalk and will inevitably delay the installation of the updated version approved by West Hollywood City Council, which was scheduled to begin March 1, 2022, and be completed March 3, 2022.
The removal of the rainbow crosswalk and the installment of the new approved colors will take place in two phases. The updated schedule, weather permitting (this is tentative – if it remains cold or if there’s precipitation, this schedule will be updated again) is as follows:
- The removal of the current WeHo Rainbow Crosswalks at San Vicente and Santa Monica Boulevards will begin Monday night, February 28, 2022, and will conclude early Tuesday morning. The City’s asphalt repair contractor Hardy and Harper will grind and remove the current WeHo rainbow crosswalks and will overlay with asphalt. They will remove and replace a depth of 2″. The contractor will provide all work area signage and temporary traffic deviations to guide and direct traffic while roadway work is being performed as required in the MUTCD -WATCH manual.
- Installment of the new Pride Progress Flag Crosswalks will take place over the course of four days during the daytime. New borders will begin on Monday, March 7, 2022 (day 1), and new color thermoplastic will continue through Thursday, March 10, 2022 (day 2,3,4).
On December 21, 2020, the City Council directed staff to study the permanent installation of transgender colors in crosswalks located at a prominent intersection along Santa Monica Boulevard and to proceed with updating the existing rainbow flag crosswalks located on San Vicente Boulevard at Santa Monica Boulevard with the rainbow flag that is inclusive to all communities.
On April 21, 2021, the Transportation Commission recommended to place a Transgender Flag crosswalk at the Robertson/Santa Monica intersection and consider placing an additional Transgender Flag crosswalk at the Crescent Heights/Santa Monica intersection. In addition, the Transportation Commission recommended that the Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board and Transgender Advisory Board consider installing the Pride Progress Flag crosswalks at either intersection.
On July 7, 2021, the TAB recommended that the crosswalk at the San Vicente/Santa Monica intersection, be painted with the Pride Progress Flag. The TAB did not recommend having a specific Transgender Flag Crosswalk, instead the Board recommended adding the Transgender Flag colors to the existing rainbow flag crosswalk, via use of the Pride Progress Flag colors.
The first Rainbow flag crosswalk was installed on June 7, 2012, during Pride Month. The colors were painted over the brick crosswalk which garnered the name the Rainbow Brick Road by some local residents.
The permanent Rainbow Crosswalk we see today was not installed until November 1, 2012, for the south crosswalk and November 2nd for the north crosswalk.
This story will be updated if dates change for installment of the new Pride Progress Flag Crosswalks.