6/17/2014 - TODAY: Mayor Finch, Police Chief Gaudett, and Councilman Holloway address pedestrian safety and announce crossing flags pilot program

“We need enhance pedestrian safety. That’s why the City of Bridgeport is launching a pilot program for crossing flags. Championed by City Councilman James Holloway, this pilot program is intended to serve as a test to see how we can improve pedestrian safety across the city.” – Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch

  • WHO: Mayor Finch, Police Chief Gaudett, and Councilman Holloway.
  • WHAT: City leaders address pedestrian safety and launch crossing flags program.
  • WHERE: In front of the Margaret Morton Government Center (999 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT).
  • WHEN: Tuesday, June 17 @ 1:00 p.m.

Bridgeport, Connecticut (June 17, 2014) – Today, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch will join Police Chief Joseph Gaudett and Councilman James Holloway in addressing pedestrian safety in the state’s largest city, and announcing the launch of the city’s crossing flags pilot program.

“In Bridgeport and across Connecticut, too many pedestrians are killed or injured every single year,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. “We need enhance pedestrian safety. That’s why the City of Bridgeport is launching a pilot program for crossing flags. Championed by City Councilman James Holloway, this pilot program is intended to serve as a test to see how we can improve pedestrian safety across the city.”

In Connecticut, more than 350 residents have been killed while walking the state’s roads from 2003-2012, according to a report from the National Complete Streets Coalition. And, in 2011 alone more than 4,400 pedestrians died in traffic accidents, nearly 70,000 were injured – 11,000 of which were 14 years old or younger – according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Our police officers are out every day enforcing our traffic laws and working to keep our streets safe,” said Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. “But motorists are just part of the formula. In my mind, it will be worth it if this project prevents one injury or death.”

The pedestrian pilot flag program is being launched at a cross walk in front of the Margaret Morton Government Center. Pedestrian crossing flags are hand-held flags used by pedestrians to be more visible to approaching traffic; they are not formal traffic control devices. The pilot program is modeled after ones launched in other major cities across the nation, including: Seattle, WA; Salt Lake City, UT; and Austin, TX.

For more information, please visit www.bridgeportct.gov.