Red flags coming to Silverdale X-walk

The in basket: When Malcolm Larney suggested in October that Kitsap County emulate Port Orchard and Bainbridge Island and make red flags available for pedestrians to carry at crosswalks, like that at Silverdale Way and Anderson Hill Road, the county said it was a good idea, but not at that intersection, which is scheduled for a traffic light.
The out basket: Doug Bear of Kitsap County Public Works says the county has decided to test the flags at that intersection after all.


The in basket: When Malcolm Larney suggested in October that Kitsap County emulate Port Orchard and Bainbridge Island and make red flags available for pedestrians to carry at crosswalks, like that at Silverdale Way and Anderson Hill Road, the county said it was a good idea, but not at that intersection, which is scheduled for a traffic light. The flags aren’t needed where a red light stops traffic for pedestrians.
The out basket: Doug Bear of Kitsap County Public Works says the county has decided to test the flags at that intersection after all. The signal is scheduled to go in in 2008, providing over a year to see whether they do any good.
“We are ordering the equipment,” he said. “We will monitor that application and judge its success then consider it for other applications.”
Sandi Hubbeling suggested they be used as an adjunct to crosswalks at the entrances to South Kitsap Community Park, where there now are none. But since the county hasn’t even decided whether to put crosswalks there, the question of augmenting them with flags is premature.

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