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City implements pedestrian pilot program

The pilot program has been implemented in the area near Cub Foods and Target. Photo courtesy of City of Hastings

The City of Hastings has implemented a new pilot program designed to give pedestrians increased visibility as they cross the Street in the area near Cub Foods and Target.

According to the city, the intersection at General Sieben Drive and South Frontage Road is the highest traveled intersection in the 105 miles of city-owned streets. There have been no reports of pedestrian-involved crashes at the chosen location and the city has a strong pedestrian safety record. The pilot program is more of a preventative measure to keep the number low.

Pedestrian crossing flags will be installed at each side of the chosen intersection in early January. A post on each side of he crosswalk will have containers holding multiple orange crossing flags for pedestrians who wish to cross the street. The person will look both ways, extend the flag out in front of them and hold the flag in front of them while crossing the street. Once the pedestrian crosses safely, they will be able to place the flag in the holder on the other side.

After 12 months, the city will determine if the flags would be installed at other high-volume intersections around town. For more information about the Pedestrian Flag Pilot Program, visit www.hastingsmn.gov/crosswalk-safety.

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