A petition on Change.org asks the City of Orlando to install a rainbow crosswalk to honor the memory of the victims and the struggle of the survivors from the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The petition has gathered 2,260 signatures during the last two weeks. Noelle Bevins writes in the petition letter that Orlando should have a rainbow crosswalk as they have been installed in cities from coast to coast.

A rainbow crosswalk was painted on an intersection in Midtown Atlanta in 2015 for Gay Pride Week. On the one-year anniversary of the Pulse shootings, the city decided to make it permanent.

“For the past year, Atlanta has grieved alongside Orlando,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement. “Our city has rallied around our LGBT community, and we have not shied from demonstrating our unity and solidarity.”

The crosswalk did bring controversy after residents learned the city spent $196,000 to install the four-way crosswalk, which was created from thermoplastic tiles that don’t need maintenance for 10 years.

Rainbow crosswalks can also be found in San Francisco, Austin, Texas, West Hollywood, Calif., Vancouver, Canada, and Washington D.C.

The petition asks that the crosswalk be installed near the Pulse nightclub on Orange Avenue.

“It is only fitting that the intersection of Orange and Kaley bear a similar commemoration as it has become a crossroad to the world with thousands of visitors from around the globe continuing to visit the Pulse memorial site to pay their respects,” according to the petition.

Cassandra Lafser, spokesperson for Mayor Buddy Dyer, said the city has been researching the cost, maintenance and possible color and art treatments for a rainbow crosswalk. They are discussing the plan with the Florida Department of Transportation, which has the ultimate authority over crosswalk markings.

About The Author

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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