According to observational studies conducted in Dane County communities, only about 6% of motorists yield to pedestrians, even though Wisconsin state law requires it. To increase safety we launched a pedestrian flag program in 2003, and saw yield to pedestrian rates go up to nearly 90% at targeted intersections. There are 50 pedestrian flag crossings throughout Dane County thanks to adopting organizations. To keep costs to a minimum, the sites were installed with PVC pipes used as makeshift flag holders, which are unsightly and can be easily damaged.
Fast forward 13 years since the program began, and a “beautiful” opportunity now exists thanks to a new partnership with area artists, Sector67Hackerspace and Madison Traffic Engineering Department. Through Artful Crossings, our current ‘ugly duckling’ holders will be retired and replaced with street art featuring local artists on newly tooled boxes.
Like so many communities, we have wonderful, creative artists whose work is unknown to many right here at home. We’re so excited to be able to showcase our artists in public places throughout the city! Thanks to in-kind contributions of time by Madison Traffic Engineering to install the holders in the public right of way and volunteer time provided by the fabricator of our boxes, Mike Fisher from Sector67.
Neighborhoods, business districts, police departments, and others can “adopt” these sites with support from Safe Communities. Click the ‘Pedestrian Flag Site Application’ button or the ‘Artist Submission’ button to the right for more information.
We really appreciate your taking on this task! We know that pedestrians, especially the elderly and those with children, come to depend on the flags. It’s important that the flags be there consistently, and that’s where you come in – thank you!
We strongly suggest that there be at least two flag monitors designated for each site. Having two or more responsible parties ensures that your site is covered in the event your “co-flag monitor” is on vacation, etc. Or, if you’re a business or police department, asking a number of employees to help monitor a flagged crossing during different shifts helps keep flags at your site when pedestrians need them. Here is a basic “job description” for you, as official flag monitor.
Are you interested in helping maintain the Artful Crossings Stations?