End of the Orange Flagged Road | Buzz Blog

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

End of the Orange Flagged Road

Posted By on April 21, 2010, 4:46 PM

  • Pin It

Years ago, Salt Lake City had a spunky little mayor who focused on the nuts-and-bolts issues of a city, such as pedestrian safety. To this day, one of his pet projects, orange flags, still can get people talking.---

Remember Rocky Anderson 1.0? Those were the years before he became a national figure, when his bluster was directed at local politicians instead of the U.S. president. Among one of his first initiatives was to stick a whole bunch of orange flags at intersections and crosswalks throughout the city in an attempt to save a few pedestrian lives.

Amazingly, the orange flags were both ridiculed and adored. Haters loved to point out how ridiculous they looked, how they seemed to wind-up littering sidewalks and (somewhat oddly) what a waste of money they were. They also became a national trend, with cities like Washington, D.C. adopting similar programs

Well, Rocky and his parrot have left City Hall, and now Salt Lake City has a new mayor who is launching his own pedestrian initiative. Mayor Ralph Becker will unveil the ominous-sounding HAWK system (as flawed of an acronym as possible by the way -- WK stands for crossWalK) on Friday at the intersection of 1300 East and Yale Avenue. The previous link also provides a complete description of the system, as well as links to pedestrian safety in someplace called "Sale Lake City" and a YouTube video of a man -- who loves his cell phone belt clips -- pressing a button, cars stopping, man walking, cars going Nobody dies, which means that I refuse to embed the video here.

But really, there really is only one lingering question: Will the orange flags disappear? For that, I have put in a call to city speaker-types, and will update when I find out.


About The Author

Josh Loftin

Josh Loftin: Twitter | Facebook | News Blog

More on News

  • Trump Queen

    Local drag performer stokes controversy as the Donald Trump-loving “Lady MAGA”
    • Aug 16, 2019
  • SLC Mayoral Election Update

    Preliminary results favor Mendenhall
    • Aug 14, 2019
  • The Voter’s Voice

    Chaos ensues at Rep. Chris Stewart’s North Salt Lake town hall.
    • Aug 12, 2019
  • More News »

More by Josh Loftin

Latest in Buzz Blog

  • Theater review: "A Wall Apart"

    World-premiere musical emphasizes the struggles of human separation
    • Aug 20, 2019
  • Music Live Extra Aug. 19

    Shamarr Allen at Mystic Hot Springs, video premiere by Robyn Cage and memoryfield
    • Aug 19, 2019
  • Trump Queen

    Local drag performer stokes controversy as the Donald Trump-loving “Lady MAGA”
    • Aug 16, 2019
  • More »

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

© 2019 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation