Sydney’s iconic rainbow crossing at Taylor Square in the heart of Sydney’s LGBTIQ district is back, just in time for the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The pedestrian crossing is the first in the world to be both the shape and colours of a rainbow, as it curves around the intersection of Bourke and Campbell streets.
“The City worked with Sydney Civil and state government departments to bring the rainbow crossing back to Taylor Square, and I am pleased this work has been complete before Sydney celebrates the 41st Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore.
“By installing this beautiful crossing as a symbol of pride in our city’s diversity, Sydney joins other cities around the world, including in Hollywood, San Francisco, Paris and most recently in Wellington, New Zealand.” I know residents and visitors will love this colourful symbol of the City’s longstanding support for our LGBTQI community.”
The crossing has been upgraded to improve safety for people walking and cycling in the area. New traffic signal arrangements at the crossing will give priority to people making the 10,000 walking and cycling trips through the intersection every week. The green light for motor vehicles will be on demand, triggered by sensors when vehicles approach the intersection.
The rainbow crossing is also at pavement level, so people walking, cycling, pushing prams or handling wheelchairs won’t have to step down on to the road to cross. The rainbow paint and traffic lights have been installed on an initial six-month trial basis and will be subject to an independent safety review.
Image: Rainbow crossing at Taylor Square – photo by Katherine Griffiths