New Brunswick issues a clarification: Rainbow crosswalks are OK after all

Rainbow crosswalks will be allowed in New Brunswick municipalities after all.

Francophone municipalities were sent a letter that said the colourful crosswalks, to celebrate the LGBTQ community, would not be approved until a national safety study is complete.

But on Tuesday, Transportation Minister Bill Fraser apologized and said the wrong version of the letter was sent out in error.

He said the province promotes inclusion in all communities and will allow the crosswalks if they meet current standards.

Fraser said the Transportation Association of Canada study of potential safety issues posed by rainbow crosswalks should be complete by the end of year, and he wants all federal and provincial transportation ministers to set national standards.

The minister said he would encourage the use of white stripes between the various colours to improve visibility.