New Sydney rainbow crossing comes with safety concerns

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-08 12:20:49|Editor: Chengcheng
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SYDNEY, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- A rainbow coloured pedestrian crossing has brightened a Sydney city square after being installed on Friday, but authorities are worried about safety, six years after a similar crossing was removed due to safety concerns.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the new rainbow crossing is a sign of the city's proud reputation for diversity.

"We believe this may also be the first rainbow crossing in the world that has been painted in a curving rainbow shape," Moore said.

I know residents and visitors will love this colourful symbol of the city's long standing support for our LGBTIQ community."

The previous incarnation was created to mark the 35th anniversary of the Sydneys Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and lasted just two months before it was removed.

"The behaviour we have seen recorded by CCTV cameras, including people sitting and laying on the crossing, has set off alarm bells at the high risk of injuries and fatalities," roads minister Duncan Gay said at the time.

The new rainbow crossing prioritises pedestrians over road traffic with green lights activated for vehicles only when required, triggered by a sensor.

An independent review will be conducted in six months to determine whether the crossing will stay or go.