The city of Sparks is installing pedestrian safety flags at various Vista Blvd. intersections for increased pedestrian visibility and safety.
The project is part of an overall Be Safe! Be Seen! campaign brought before the Sparks City Council by girl scouts from Troop 1019.
“The Girl Scouts reached out to us about installing pedestrian flagging to make certain intersections in Sparks safer,” said Transportation Manager Amber Sosa. “City staff then worked to identify several crosswalks where we thought the flagging would work well.”
Sixth-grade Girl Scout Priyasha Landry says she’s thankful to the city of Sparks for installing the pedestrian flags. “It’s really great to see the program in Sparks. I really hope it continues to grow into other parts of Nevada.”
At intersections where the flags are installed, pedestrians are encouraged to take a bright orange flag out of the cylinder mounted to the sign pole, hold it up as they cross the street and place it back into the cylinder on the opposite side of the street once they’ve crossed.
The Sparks Police Department funded the approximately $4,000.00 needed to purchase and install the poles, signage, cylinders and flags.
“We are thankful to be a part of a project that will help to make pedestrians more visible,” said Police Chief Pete Krall.
Intersections where the flags are being installed are Vista Blvd. at Campello Dr., Hubble Dr., Black Hills Dr., Globe Dr., Passage Dr., Borealis Dr., and Lacerta Dr. and the intersection of Campello Dr. and Europa Dr. The flags will also be installed midblock at Vista Blvd. between Hubble Dr. and Passage Dr. and Campello Dr. between Ulysses Dr. and Avilia Dr.