Advertisement

Penticton students help launch ‘Friendly Streets’ initiative

Click to play video: 'Friendly Streets Initiative launches in Penticton'
Friendly Streets Initiative launches in Penticton
Penticton middle school students took part in a colourful project Friday as part of a large initiative to make local streets brighter and safer. Taya Fast has more. – May 3, 2024

KVR Middle School students were out painting Jermyn Street on Friday as part of the City of Penticton’s new ‘Friendly Streets’ initiative.

This is the first of many street painting projects planned for Penticton, which includes community collaboration, asphalt art and other creative elements.

“It is a two-pronged approach. One, the focus is on safety, and we know that there are studies out there that painted crosswalks and painted elements draw driver attention to their surroundings,” said Penticton’s Infrastructure general manager Kristen Dixon.

“So, there is the safety element, but it is also a fun way to engage the community and let them take ownership of some of this infrastructure.”

Click to play video: 'Penticton crosswalk getting safety upgrades'
Penticton crosswalk getting safety upgrades

The installation is now painted on either side of a newly raised crosswalk that connects KVR to Penticton Secondary School.

Story continues below advertisement

The murals and painted concrete blocks mark a no-stopping area and will hopefully encourage drivers to slow down.

Breaking news from Canada and around the world sent to your email, as it happens.
For news impacting Canada and around the world, sign up for breaking news alerts delivered directly to you when they happen.

Get breaking National news

For news impacting Canada and around the world, sign up for breaking news alerts delivered directly to you when they happen.
By providing your email address, you have read and agree to Global News' Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

“It actually started out when the principal reached out to us awhile back asking about the safety of crossing in general,” said Dixon.

“We had plans in place to do the raised crosswalk. And as we started working on those plans with the school, we thought why not make it more fun and add a painting element to it.”

The project has been in the works since January, and around 20 students oversaw the mural design, colours and concept.

The final design now ties together the school colours of KVR and Penticton Secondary.

“One of our designs in the warmer colours, the (Penticton Secondary) colours which are orange and purple, are circles which represent community, and they form triangles for strength,” said KVR Grade 8 student Emma Agarwal.

“Our other design is in different shades of blue (for KVR) and that’s triangles and that represents unity and again strength.”

Click to play video: 'Brand new rainbow crosswalk vandalized'
Brand new rainbow crosswalk vandalized

The next art installation is planned for Saturday, June 1, at the intersection of Ellis and Nanaimo in downtown Penticton.

Story continues below advertisement

While the city is working with a team of artists and volunteers to oversee this work, the entire community is invited to take part in this street painting project. More details will be released before the event.

Click to play video: 'Safety improvements to be implemented at Penticton school after student struck by vehicle'
Safety improvements to be implemented at Penticton school after student struck by vehicle

Sponsored content

AdChoices