Online voting has gone live for the public to weigh in on several designs for rainbow crosswalks, as well as other color schemes, set to be installed in San Francisco’s gay Castro district sometime this summer.
As the Bay Area Reporter noted on its blog a week ago, the Castro Upper Market Community Benefit District has agreed to pay for the special crosswalk treatments along with colored lighting and historical facts in the sidewalk on Castro Street between 19th and Market Streets.
The cost for the decorative improvements in the heart of San Francisco’s gay business district totals nearly $122,000. The CBD board voted to allot $37,500 toward the cost of painting four decorative crosswalks on the roadway.
The proposal is to either install all four at the intersection of Castro and 18th Streets or place two there and two at the intersection of Castro and 19th Streets.
Residents are being asked to weigh in on four various options for the crosswalk design: two different rainbow versions and two non-rainbow options. The link to the online survey can be found here and will remain up through March 5.
Option B is a brick design inspired by the Castro Theatre foyer paving and Option D is an abstract pattern inspired by the overhead Muni wires seen along Castro Street.
The survey includes questions on several pattern options and various placement scenarios for where the four crosswalks would be installed. The results are slated to be posted to the website for updates on the project by March 10, 2014.
CBD officials and city planners plan to be at Jane Warner Plaza, at the corner of Market, Castro and 17th streets, with mock-ups of the crosswalk designs from 1 to 4 p.m. this Sunday, February 23. Passersby will be able to vote for their favorites that day.
Work on the streetscape improvement project is expected to commence next week, when crews from Marin County-based Ghilotti Brothers will begin readying Castro Street to widen the sidewalks, upgrade Jane Warner Plaza, plant new street trees, and install other pedestrian-friendly elements.
Construction on the sidewalk project is slated to be done in time for the Castro Street Fair, annually held the first Sunday of October.
For more information about the project, and to sign up for emailed alerts, visit http://www.castrostreet.org/.