Somewheeeeere over the rainbow... is the other side of the road.
Vibrant road crossings have appeared in south east London: in Greenwich, Woolwich and Plumstead. Backed by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, they celebrate Pride Month — although we hope they'll stick around longer.
Shooters Hill residents Christopher and Jessica Bartlett-Walford were among the first to use the triple-crossing in Woolwich, taking their newborn son with them. Said Christopher:
We registered Robin's birth at Woolwich Town Hall on Saturday, and the first thing we did was to take him down and take a photo at the Pride crossing. We feel it's really important that Robin grows up feeling that he can be whoever he wants to be, and that we support our friends in the LBGTQI+ community.
Launching the Woolwich crossings, Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said:
I hope that in 2019 we can continue to promote equality and diversity in our borough, so more young people will see stories that mirror their experience; feel more represented and want to participate in future LGBTQI+ focused projects with the Council and in our local community.
This isn't the first time the LGBTQI+ community has been celebrated through traffic crossings in London. For Pride 2016, special pedestrian lights were installed around Trafalgar Square. Three years on, and they're still there.
We're all for little touches like this, to lighten up our day.