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SAN ANTONIO (June 20, 2019) —Today, City Council approved an ordinance authorizing the creation of a Community Crosswalk Program, which is a community initiated program to provide decorative elements at City of San Antonio crosswalks. The program was first piloted in District 1 at the intersection of N. Main and Evergreen via the “Pride Crosswalk” after the community, Pride San Antonio, and District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño worked together to raise $19,832.24 to install the artistic crosswalk.
“The Pride Crosswalk has proven it is possible to include more artwork on streets throughout San Antonio that is safe and representative of the surrounding community,” said Treviño. “Artistic crosswalks can also help give residents and visitors a sense of place as they travel across this beautiful and diverse city.”
Community Crosswalks may be sponsored by individuals or organizations that have a connection with the community where the proposed crosswalk is to be located. The program sponsor will be responsible for funding all of the proposed artistic crosswalk and on-going maintenance of the Community Crosswalk.
“The primary purpose of a crosswalk is to help and guide pedestrians along city streets,” said Art Reinhardt, Interim Deputy Director for the City’s Transportation and Capital Improvements Department. “However, we look forward to the opportunity to engage residents through this creative use of infrastructure.”
The program sponsor will also be responsible to conduct outreach and obtain consensus from the community regarding the Community Crosswalk project including signatures of support from adjacent property owners as well as a letter of support from the City Councilmember(s) representing the district(s) in which the Community Crosswalk is located. The message cannot be inconsistent with the values of the broader community as determined by the City Council.