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Pedestrian flags in Pittsford

by Sean Carroll

Pittsford, N.Y. --- Bright orange flags are part of a new initiative aimed at making the Village of Pittsford safer for pedestrians.

The flags are positioned on both sides of two crosswalks along Monroe Avenue (Route 31) in the walker-friendly village. The village spent about $300 on the initiative that was pushed by a former board trustee. She had seen it done in other cities around the country.

The flags went out on Thursday and on Friday 13WHAM spent nearly two hours near one of the crosswalks and found nobody actually using them. While most appreciate the intention behind the initiate, many dont believe the flags will ever be used by a large number of people.

"I think the intention is fantastic I just can't picture myself or my kids walking through the street holding up a flag, explained Todd Palma of Pittsford. "There's no way I'd hold it like this, I can assure you of that either that or I'd have a lot of fun with it and embarrass my family.

"Nobody really likes change that much and you're walking across the street with a flag it's a little bit embarrassment but I mean safety is more important at the end of the day if people are safe than everybody is happy people don't get hurt and that's what is most important I think it's a good idea, said Luca Asdente of Pittsford.

I guess it can't hurt but I'm not sure it's going to do much good, said Warren Kling.

Pittsford Village Mayor Bob Corby said he is interested in everyones feedback on the initiative. People can simply contact village hall and leave a message.


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