Flags were the theme of the last Crescenta Valley Town Council executive committee meeting as Councilman Robert Thomas unveiled the first cloth version of the new official Crescenta Valley Community flag and Councilwoman Robbyn Battles presented an idea for pedestrian safety involving a potential purchase of small yellow flags to be carried by pedestrians as they use area crosswalks.
Battles “borrowed” the idea from a recent trip to Kirkland, Wash. A suburb of Seattle, which is one of many communities across the country, including Salt Lake City, Utah; St. Paul, Minn.; and Cambridge, Mass., currently using pedestrian crossing flags. The idea originated in a small town in Idaho, and is credited with saving lives by creating better visibility of pedestrians for motorists.
Kirkland implemented the fluorescent flags program at its crosswalks in 1995 after two fatal pedestrian accidents.
If approved by the council and implemented in the Crescenta Valley, funds would need to be generated — at about $200 per crosswalk — in order to provide buckets and about one-dozen flags at each crosswalk.