Oxford Street Rainbow Crossing

27 February 2013

The cost to install Oxford Street’s Rainbow Crossing was around $65,500, which includes paint and traffic management on the night, road safety audits before and after, video surveillance, Variable Message Boards and RMS Traffic crossing markings.

The paint used is a special non slip road paint which is compliant with RMS specifications for road surface painting. The same type of paint is used for bus lanes, school zones and cycleways as it has a special slip resistance to ensure the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

The City engaged 20 contractors onsite so work could be completed over one night to minimise disruption to the community. This involved painters and traffic control staff. The work was completed within nine hours, including the staged closure and reopening of the road.

If the State Government wants it removed, it will cost around $30,000 to remove the crossing and reinstate the road surface.

A proposal to have the crossing installed, and the associated costs, was approved by a meeting of full Council on Monday night.

The City invests around $3.5 million in cash, and one million dollars in-kind, for a number of festivals and events including Sydney Writers Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival and Sydney Mardi Gras - one of our biggest events.

Sydney City’s GLBT community is the largest in Australia.

Mardi Gras attracts almost 400,000 people each year and injects around $30 million into Sydney’s economy.

Rainbow crossings were first installed in West Hollywood in 2012 and public support has been very positive. The rainbow crosswalks in West Hollywood have created such a positive buzz, Hollywood tour buses now detour to make them part of the show.

The City is determined to support local businesses along Oxford Street and the rainbow crossing is part of this.

There is strong community support to keep the rainbow crossing permanently on Oxford Street. The City strongly supports that view as we believe this project will help draw more people to Oxford Street – one of our most important streets. If the Government agrees, that will negate the use of the $30,000 slated for its potential removal.

Last updated: Thursday, 9 January 2014