Community Crosswalk Program gets green light from San Antonio City Council
SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – The San Antonio City Council has approved a Community Crosswalk program.
Last year, City Councilman Roberto Treviño helped raise nearly $20,000 in private funds for a Pride crosswalk on Main Avenue at Evergreen in the LGBTQ district. He says the pilot project was supposed to cover one crosswalk, but it eventually included the entire intersection.
“You can see that there was a lot of pride in the community. Certainly, we got to see a lot of selfies and pictures demonstrating how the community really appreciated this work,” Trevino said, noting that only private dollars were spent on the artistic portion of that crosswalk.
Art Reinhardt, the city’s Transportation and Capital Improvements interim deputy director, told city council there are several steps involved in getting a Community Crosswalk.
“Since it is a community-driven process, as part of the program they will provide a community consensus through a 2/3 signature process,” said Reinhardt.
He says the sponsor must have some type of connection with the community, either as a property owner , area business or organization along that roadway. The sponsor would also be responsible for funding to install and maintain the community crosswalk.
It must be at an existing crosswalk at a controlled intersection or dedicated pedestrian crossing, and the pavement must be in good condition. No business advertisements will be allowed, and the community crosswalk must be in compliance with the city’s non-discrimination ordinance.