Concerns about pedestrian safety and a couple of bad accidents in recent years have prompted Davidson officials to expand the number of crosswalks around town with a new safety measure: pedestrian flags.
If you’re crossing the street, you pluck one of the bright orange flags out of its holder, and wave it to get the attention of speeding drivers. By state law, motorists are supposed to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk, but sometimes they need a little reminder. Wave the flag.
A half-dozen crossings now have the flags. The first were installed at Griffith and Watson streets last January, in a pilot project organized by students at Community School of Davidson.
Now the town wants students and other walkers to use the flags, and it’s seeking volunteers to adopt crosswalks to make sure the flags are in good repair and are distributed evenly between their holders on either side of the crosswalks. Can you help?
Here are the intersections you’ll find crossing flags:
- Beaty Street and Delburg Street
- Griffith Street and Watson Street
- Main Street and Jackson Street/Glasgow Street
- Concord Road and Faculty Drive
- Concord Road and Thompson Street
- Davidson-Concord Road and Robert Walker Drive
The town recently received an anonymous donation to be used for pedestrian safety and education, and the Town Board decided to put it toward the crosswalk flags and signs.
In addition to installing pedestrian crossing flags, the Public Works Department also has repainted crosswalks with “zebra” stripes and is maintaining the “State Law to STOP for Pedestrians Within Crosswalk” signs.
“Because we pride ourselves in being a walkable and bikeable community, we need our citizens to feel safe on our roads and sidewalks, and pedestrian safety is of utmost importance,” Mayor John Woods said in a town press release
WANT TO HELP?
To adopt a crosswalk, please contact Public Information Officer Cristina Shaul at email@example.com or 704-940-9602. Personalized signs stating “This crosswalk adopted by (your organization)” can be ordered and installed by the town for $80, payable by the organization. Adopters will need to sign an agreement with the town. [Shaul said at Tuesday night's town board meeting that all six current crosswalks have been adopted, but more will be needed as the town expands the number of crossings in the program.]
Aug. 15, 2013, Around Davidson column, “Safety, celebrations, badges and more.”