Won’t it just tempt them to charge?

Orlando Pedestrians Can Wave Red Flags

As an experiment in Orlando, pedestrians trying to cross a busy intersection can wave bright red flags to alert vehicles to stop. Pedestrians who want to cross the street can pick a tennis-racket-size flag out of baskets now kept on both sides of the street. They wave them as they cross the street, alerting traffic, and drop them in the basket on the other side.

I am so starting a red flag concession downtown…

2 Comments so far

  1. Jennifer Wakefield (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2006 @ 5:14 pm

    We hope not. METROPLAN ORLANDO is conducting this experiment at a mid-block crosswalk as an experiment. We’re hoping it will eventually catch on. More than that, though, we’re hoping the media coverage draws attention to the fact that motorists need to be on the lookout for pedestrians as they are trying to cross the road.

    BTW–the flags are bright orange, not red.

  2. Solonor (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2006 @ 5:36 pm

    It really sounds like a silly idea, but that’s only because common sense tells us that motorists should have a clue and watch out for pedestrians without them resorting to waiving orange flags. But I don’t think common sense plays much into Orlando driving these days. :)

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