Better Bankside has pioneered Colourful Crossings in the UK, bringing colourful and vibrant asphalt art to the UK. Initial funding was secured from Transport for London’s Future Streets Incubator Fund to pilot the approach at a pedestrian crossing on Southwark Street in 2015.
Working initially with Exyzt – the first colourful crossing brought a bold pattern to the roadway. Further testing was done using a thermoplastic material and working with artist Camille Walala in 2016. A final crossing was implemented in 2018 working with artist Thierry Noir in 2017.
After being successfully piloted in Bankside, the Colourful Crossings approach has been implemented in local authority areas up and down the UK. It has also featured in the Bloomberg Philantropies Asphalt Art Guide.