You know them by the distinctive orange flags peeping over the top; you’ve probably used them a few times yourself, and your neighbors have been raving about them. I’m talking about the crosswalk buckets and flag stations that are installed in a few troublesome intersections throughout Wallingford; and it looks like we’ll be getting some more stations soon. Hurrah!
Wallingford Community Council vice president Jon deLeeuw let us know that the WCC has funds to install and maintain 17 new crosswalk flags and bucket stations throughout the neighborhood, and he’s seeking community input on possible locations. Here’s where he thinks they should be installed:
3-4 stations along 50th
2-3 stations along 45th
4-5 stations along 40th (which already has 2-3 neighbor maintained stations)
4-5 stations along Stone Way
Each station would start with 2 buckets and 6 flags. Extra flags would be available at the Neighborhood Office. I’d love to put up more (I think Wallingford Ave could use some too, not to mention below 40th), but I’ve got a limited budget.
The costs of the stations are approx $4.00/bucket, $1.45/flag, so the initial station set up is around $17 (2 buckets + 6 flags).
Currently, he hopes to have the buckets available for decoration at the Kiddie Parade and Street Fair. deLeeuw also asks if any neighbors or businesses would be interested in adopting a crosswalk flag station, ensuring that they’re stocked with flags. “From my experience watching the buckets at 45th & Burke, flags tend to disappear at the rate of 1-2 every 2-3 weeks,” he adds.
If you’re interested in adopting a crosswalk flag station, you can contact deLeeuw at [email protected] You can also leave your proposed intersections in the comments below. deLeeuw plans to give a more detailed presentation at the next WCC meeting on July 6 and he adds, “the more votes an intersection gets the more chance it will get a station.”