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A Rainbow Crosswalk

In case you missed it, the large crosswalk area in the middle of East Wheelock in front of the Hanover Inn and the Hopkins Center has been repainted from its washed-out yellow color to something a fair bit more vibrant in celebration of LGBT Pride Week:

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Hanover Town Manager Julia Griffin reports:

Rainbow Old.jpgThe rainbow crosswalk was installed by a group of Dartmouth students. As part of this year’s LGBT Pride Week celebration, the Dartmouth Pride planning committee wanted to install a rainbow crosswalk in place of the traditional crosswalk situated between the Hanover Green and Hopkins Center, extending across East Wheelock Street. They felt that the installation would provide a powerful visual demonstration of support for the LGBT community by Dartmouth College and the Town of Hanover. The design of the crosswalk is intended to evoke the rainbow symbology of the LGBT rights movement, providing a daytime complement to a planned nighttime display that featured rainbow lights illuminating Dartmouth Hall during LGBT Pride Week.

We agreed to allow the students to paint the crosswalk under our supervision. Technically, federal and state traffic safety standards require fairly specific pavement marking protocols (which does not include a rainbow crosswalk), but given that we will be excavating this area this summer (right after graduation) and replacing the painted refuge area and crosswalk with a raised pedestrian refuge and new crosswalk design as part of our Transit Hub project, we decided it was ok to host the rainbow crosswalk for a period of a few weeks.

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