On a recent stroll downtown to check out the wrath of destruction along First Avenue, I noticed some new emblems applied to our city sidewalks directing folks to walk their bicycles. They were painted in white, and I thought they would be much more visible if painted in bright colors. Then shazam! It hit me: why don’t we have colorful crosswalks like those in Victoria and Vancouver? I think our neighbors to the north are onto something, because walking across them brought a bounce to the step and a smile to this old man’s face.
Since our roadways will be freshly painted next spring, I propose the addition of a few “rainbow” crosswalks to uplift our city. Such a sight will invoke thoughts of good cheer and diversity tolerance, and provide a positive welcome to all who enter our town. The crosswalk to the Cedar Street Bridge could be recolored from time to time to celebrate various events, holidays, and social awareness. Our youth can take part as they did in the alley between First and Second avenues.
Let’s get Sandpoint on the map as a bright spot amidst all the dark “hate” that plagues our community. Show our town leaders you support this idea by decorating the temporary construction signs with rainbows. Sandpoint, Idaho: “Love lives at the end of the rainbow.”