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What is the Purpose of Crossing Flags?

Crossing flags, made of bright colors (orange, yellow), are designed to be seen. There are six flags posted at the end of crosswalks at an intersection. A pedestrian crossing that intersection takes one flag, waves it while crossing, and deposits it at the other end. There are two benefits: clearly signal the pedestrian's intent to cross at that crosswalk, and make the pedestrian more visible to motorists. This leads to fewer vehicle-on-pedestrian collisions at a relatively small cost to the City.

Why Pedestrian Crossing Flags in Woodinville?

The City Council created a Citizen Advisory Panel (CAP) on Public Safety to work with City staff to determine possible public safety improvements for the City. The 6-member Citizen Advisory panel was selected by the Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety Commission and included one member of that Commission. The CAP created a list of priorities divided into three phases. The phases indicate the levels of work required to complete projects: short-term, mid-term, and long-term. The crossing flag project is a Phase I project. More Phase I projects will be rolling out through-out the year.

Crossing flags were installed at the following intersections:

  • 175th / 140th
  • On Garden Way between the Top Food Grocery Store and the Theater
  • 171st / 131st
  • 180th /140th behind the Target Store

How to Use the Flag

Pedestrian flags improve a pedestrian's visibility to oncoming motorized traffic. By waving or holding the flag away from the body, the pedestrian gains the attention of oncoming traffic. The most common way to cross a street with a pedestrian sign is to stand at the edge of the sidewalk near the roadway and look both ways for oncoming traffic. When traffic seems to either have stopped for you or is non-existent, hold the flag out from your body (or wave the flag) and cross the street. Remember to continue to watch for cars as conditions may change.

The following links show this process in greater detail.

Excel as a Pedestrian - video courtesy of Kirkland, WA

Excel as a Senior - video courtesy of Kirkland, WA



Page last modified: October 19, 2010

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