The new street crossing flags have been placed along the Rails To Trails at Main, Broadway and Pershing. The flags will help alert motorists to a pedestrian crossing the street. These flags were placed where the pathway crosses Main. (Ernie Over photo) 

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Pedestrians crossing major Riverton streets while walking on the Rails to Trails Pathway now have a new way to catch the attention of motorists. At the intersections of Main, Broadway and Pershing, the city has placed bright orange flags on either side of the crosswalks. A pedestrian can take one of the flags and hold it up as they begin to cross the street.

“It’s to make pedestrians more visible where motorists are not used to seeing people crossing the street,” City Administrator Steven Weaver said. “Hopefully they won’t be taken or vandalized.”

Weaver said Main, Broadway and Pershing were selected because they are four lane streets, and it takes people longer to cross them. “It’s to make crossing the street safer for the pedestrian.”

Since this is a new program, Weaver said he’d like to see pedestrians cooperate by making sure there are flags on each side of the street. “If someone is about to cross, and if they notice there are more flags where they are than across the street, we’d hope they’d take a couple extra flags with them and place them in the holder across the street,” he said.

It’s a program that has been in place in several Wyoming communities for several years, most notably Jackson.

Flags are placed at the pathway crossing on each side of Main, Broadway and Pershing for the use of pedestrians. (Ernie Over photo)

Flags are placed at the pathway crossing on each side of Main, Broadway and Pershing for the use of pedestrians. (Ernie Over photo)