First there were murals that took otherwise mundane walls of Brandon’s Downtown area and replaced them with colourful works of art. Now this week after looking down rather than up folks travelling downtown are noticing a fun series of new crosswalk paintings at key intersections that continue to add creative flair to the core area .
Recently, designs like this one have shown up at 6th Street and Princess Avenue:
and zig-zag patterns like this at 8th street and Rosser Avenue:
this in addition to the piano key designs that were added to Rosser Avenue intersections with 9th and 10th streets last year:
On a chat with Elisabeth Saftiuk of the Brandon Downtown Development Corporation, I understand that a total of eight intersections are getting the sprucing-up as part of a partnership between the BDDC and the City of Brandon. The intent is not only to add a little creativity to public spaces but also to put extra priority on pedestrian safety at little cost.
Areas getting the treatment this year with a mix of the various designs are Princess intersections with each of 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th streets and Rosser intersections with 7th and 8th. The piano key design at 10th and Rosser, worse for the wear one year later, received a refresh recently with 9th street soon to follow.
Work on the remainder of crosswalks not yet updated is to be done at night in the weeks ahead by Public Works staff, weather permitting. Going forward there's a hope to explore adding additional designs to more crosswalks in the years ahead in the spirit of creating a pedestrian-friendly experience downtown at a low cost .