UK’s first rainbow road crossing unveiled in London

The crossings were opened by Lambeth Mayor Ibrahim Dogus (Pic: Lambeth Council)

London is the first place in the UK to install a permanent rainbow crossing for pedestrians on its streets, to show solidarity with the LGBT+ community.

The crossing has been installed in the south London borough of Lambeth in Herne Hill, on two crossings outside the entrance to Brockwell Park.

Signifying equality, diversity and inclusion, a rainbow crossing comprises of the colours of the internationally recognised Pride flag, and has been installed in other cities such as San Francisco.

A launch event last week, attended by council officials, activists and members of the LGBT community, saw the crossing officially ‘opened’.

“This is a colourful and fun symbol of Lambeth’s inclusivity,” said Councillor Sonia Winifred, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture.

“We’re proud of our LGBT+ community and have a tradition of championing equality and LGBT+ rights – this crossing celebrates that and is a physical example of our bold and progressive thinking.

“What better time to unveil the rainbow crossing than in the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. We’ve come a long way, and in Lambeth we’re proud to be leading the way,” she said.

The Mayor of Lambeth Cllr Ibrahim Dogus added: “Lambeth’s diversity has always been our strength, and we have never been afraid to show it!

“This crossing is a symbol of the pride we have in our flourishing LGBT+ community and will light up Herne Hill with its message of inclusivity.

“It is just one of the many ways that we will continue to stand in solidarity with all those who face discrimination in our borough and beyond.”

‘Walk the Rainbow’ messaging will appear throughout the borough, guiding people to visit the crossing, with people being invited to share images on social media with the hashtags #WeAreLambeth and #HerneHillRainbow.

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