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posted Friday, January 11, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 2
Rainbow Crosswalk location selected
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Rainbow Crosswalk location selected

Pike and Broadway intersection is top choice

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

After a recent Internet poll conducted by Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea), the location for Capitol Hill's first Rainbow Crosswalk has been selected. More than 700 votes were cast and the people have spoken: the crosswalk will be painted at East Pike Street and Broadway.

'Pike and Broadway is the perfect place to begin the project,' said Shaun Knittel, SOSea's founder and director. Pike/Pine and Broadway are iconic in Seattle. Not only do locals and visitors too, know that they are entering Capitol Hill, they also know they are entering the city's historical and cultural center. Pike and Broadway is bustling, has history, and is recognizable.'

MORE CROSSWALKS TO COME
The top three vote-getters were Pike and Broadway with 214 votes, East Olive Way and Broadway with 206 votes, and Pine and Broadway with 170 votes. The closeness of the votes shows that the community is still very divided on where the crosswalk should be placed. For Knittel, who said he was very happy with the results, this just means that more crosswalks ultimately will need to be painted.

'Inevitably we will have more crosswalks painted. It's just a matter of raising the money. We are hoping that some business owners will step up and sponsor some of them. The results were close, yes - that made us feel great! The neighborhood was actively involved. People really got into this thing.'

'The city would consider multiple locations,' said Mary Rutherford, P.E., director of traffic management for the city of Seattle, in an interview with SGN last September.

Pike and Broadway is home to major businesses such as a Shell gas station, a Chase Bank branch, and a QFC supermarket. In addition, both the Neighbours and Q nightclubs are visible from the intersection.

'These crosswalks are meant to fill the neighborhood with Pride 365 days a year, but also to be somewhat of a tourist attraction. Pike and Broadway is a great place for LGBT tourists to start,' said Knittel.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
'We've not been told a definitive price [from the city]. The last we heard it would be $10,000 or more per intersection, but that is absurd. Either way, we will negotiate it down,' said Knittel. 'We are going to raise the funds for it the good old-fashioned Capitol Hill way: fundraisers in Gay bars. We will also ask for people to sponsor some of the crosswalks so that we can get more done. Our goal is to have at least one intersection complete by Pride 2013.'

According to the Seattle Department of Transportation, it's costly primarily because crosswalk paint is expensive. It's designed to last longer than regular paint, be more abrasive to prevent loss of traction for cars and people, and be more reflective so it stays visible. There are also environmental regulations it must meet.

'If the rainbow was put down on the pavement and there was capacity in the work schedule it would probably be completed within three to four weeks after there was an approved design,' Rutherford told SGN during the September interview.

'City of Seattle Department of Transportation officials heard our pitch and asked that, when we came to meet with them, we have the location picked out because that was not something the department wanted to be involved with. I think it was the right decision. It's always best to leave the decision up to the people it will impact the most,' said Knittel. 'SOSea is all about the people, so we knew that it would be wrong for us to choose the location of the first crosswalk to be painted. So we put it up for public vote.'

'We are fortunate to live in a city like Seattle where the option is not only on the table, but city officials are willing to help out every step of the way to ensure that this project sees the light of day,' added Knittel.

DONATIONS NEEDED
'There is nothing wrong with feeling a sense of pride in our neighborhood. This is one of those projects that nearly everyone agrees is a good idea. Business owners and Cap Hill residents alike have chimed in on the conversation to voice support. How fast we get this done will also depend on the generosity of donors. But one thing I know to be true is that whenever the LGBTQ and allied communities support something they do so with the understanding that part of that support is means making a donation.'

Anyone who wishes to make a donation can do so on SOSea's website: www.socialoutreachseattle.com.

'SOSea is really beginning to take off and I couldn't be happier,' said Knittel. 'The community has been extremely supportive of our efforts because I think people are realizing what a great resource, advocate, and voice of reason we are. SOSea is all community, all the time.'

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