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Pedestrian flags aimed at safe crossing
These pedestrians didn't use the new safety flags as they crossed Main Street on the Rails to Trails path, but Riverton officials hope they will be used more as awareness is increased. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Pedestrian flags aimed at safe crossing

Dec 11, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

They have been place at several intersections along the Rails to Trails pathway.

With a wave of a little orange flag, pedestrians now can be more visible when crossing busy intersections in Riverton.

The city has installed sets of flag holders where the Rails to Trails pathway meets Main Street and Broadway and Pershing avenues. The containers hold several flags, which can be carried by a pedestrian while crossing the street.

When the pedestrian gets to the other side, she can return the flag to another set of containers there.

City administrator Steven Weaver said this new pedestrian system can make walkers more visible to motorists and become a real benefit to residents, especially older walkers who live near the trail intersections.

Weaver said city staff has received many complaints about motorists who do not yield to pedestrians.

"We thought we'd try it out, and it doesn't cost a whole lot (for the city)," Weaver said.

He said the flags either can be raised or waved to announce to drivers that someone will cross or is crossing the street.

He said he hopes the idea, which was borrowed from systems in other cities and on college campuses, will work for Riverton.

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