In 1995, Kirkland, Wash., became the first U.S. city to implement a pedestrian flag program when it started PedFlag to reduce the number of pedestrian injuries and deaths. The program provides flags at more than 50 crosswalks throughout the city for pedestrians to carry as they cross the street, thereby increasing their visibility to cars. The City of Kirkland maintains the flags at downtown locations, and the other sites are maintained by citizen volunteers.
In 2006, the PedFlag program received TE funds, under Category 2, to develop, implement, and increase the use of pedestrian flags at crosswalks. The study resulted in a flag redesign, and strategies for program promotion and partnerships with local businesses. Federal Award: $60,000; Local Match: $0; Total: $60,000
For more information about the PedFlag program, visit: http://www.ci.kirkland.wa.us/depart/Public_Works/Transportation___Streets/Pedestrian_Flags_-_FAQs.htm
Check out this news story about the PedFlag program on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAy4Bxo6FTg
Photo credit: City of Kirkland