Rainbow crosswalks as community art

Crosswalks designed for pedestrian safety AND as symbols of embracing diversity and inclusivity. Sign us up! The team at NewportOUT has been dreaming of rainbow crosswalks gracing the streets of our city, and nary a month goes by without us seeing a new installation highlighted somewhere in the U.S. in towns and cities small and large. Check out our running list below of places that have recently added rainbow crosswalks to their streets.




Rainbow crosswalks are also another form of public art, and we’ve been so excited and inspired lately by the work of NPT Public Art commissioning and installing murals across the city and others like Parlor owner Kristen Mashaw who enlisted the help of artist Chris Wyllie to design and install a new fabulous mural visible from Broadway.


But where?!

Where should Newport install rainbow crosswalks? Well, we have our own opinions and ideas, but really want to decide as a community. So let us know what you think! Here are our ideas:


Potential Site 1: Crossing America’s Cup Avenue by the new Brenton Hotel. This is a major entryway into Newport for so many visitors driving into town, making the crosswalks highly visible.



Potential Site 2: Broadway by Equality Park. This would be more embedded in a residential part of town but one that is traversed by many visitors and locals alike, and the crosswalks that span Broadway would be adjacent to the aptly named Equality Park.




Which pride flag design style to use?

If you check out the links below, you’ll see that some cities use the 6-color rainbow flag design. Others use what is known as the Philadelphia pride flag with its black and brown stripes representing people of color. Others integrate colors from the transgender pride flag. We personally are fans of the Phildelphia-style pride flag that integrates elements of the transgender pride flag, as it feels beautifully inclusive, and so we will be advocating for that design.


What’s the hold up?!

We’ve had some conversations with the city over the last 2 years, but they haven’t yet gone anywhere. Details need to be worked out on location, design, budget, etc. And the installations will most likely need city council approval. So we’ll need your help. We’re committed to making this happen in 2021, and invite you to join us in this effort.


Here’s a running list of places we’ve identified that have installed rainbow crosswalks in the last few years. Each links to an article about the installation there.


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