Organisers of Bristol Pride have called on the council to follow in the footsteps of other local authorities and install rainbow-coloured pedestrian crossings in parts of the city.
It comes after the Royal Borough of Greenwich opened a number of crossings in Woolwich, Plumstead and Greenwich town centres last week as part of London’s Pride celebrations.
Since the launch pictures of the crossings have proved very popular on social media – which led one Twitter user to ask whether something similar could be done in Bristol.
But responding to the tweet, the Bristol Pride account said: “Not possible to offer within Bristol apparently which is such a shame.
“So many cities across the UK making bold and visible statement of support.
“We’re looking at alternatives we can do but not as easy for us to make happen.”
The CEO of Bristol Pride Daryn Carter said a request for the crossings was logged with Bristol City Council’s Highways department at the start of June – the beginning of Pride Month.
Daryn added: “We sent examples of what has been put in place in other cities and suggested with our new home on the Downs that the zebra crossings by Roman Road at the top of Whiteladies Road would be ideal.
“It would also encourage our attendees to use this crossing to get to the festival so it feels like a win win for visibility and a bold statement of support to our community and to Pride.
(Image: Royal Borough of Greenwich)
“Since our request we have seen even more cities put in crossings for Pride events across the country.
“It’s clear that it is something that can be done but we were told it was not possible in Bristol.
“We would even be happy to use temporary chalk paint and do it ourselves if it was a staffing issue for the council. Our volunteers would be more than willing”.
The reasons why it is “not possible in Bristol” are currently unclear, but Bristol City Council has been contacted for more information.
The crossings in London were not paid for by the council, they were funded by Old Royal Naval College, U&I, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, the University of Greenwich, Berkeley and Peabody.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Bristol Pride with a fortnight of events taking place across the city from tomorrow (Friday).
Pride Day itself, with the parade and festival event taking place at Durdham Downs for the first time, takes place on Saturday, July 13.
The move will see the festival’s capacity doubled, with new areas introduced.
Performers will include Sonique, who first played at Bristol Pride, in 2010 and Sing Out Bristol, the largest LGBTQ+ organisation in the whole of the South West.