Bothell to launch Pedestrian Safety Flag Program on Monday

The City of Bothell, in partnership with the Northshore School District (NSD), will kick off its new Pedestrian Safety Flag Program on Monday morning at Frank Love Elementary, 303 224th St. S.W.

The event, which is open to the public, will take place at 10 a.m. and feature remarks by Bothell Mayor Andy Rheaume, NSD Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid, Frank Love teacher Greg Wirtala and flag program volunteer Marykay Branscomb. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.

The pedestrian flag program is the city’s first school safety program funded by the Safe Streets and Sidewalks levy, approved by voters in November 2016.

Pedestrians can start using flags next week at 10 locations near 12 schools, including:

  • Canyon Park Junior High
  • Crystal Springs Elementary
  • Frank Love Elementary
  • Maywood Hills Elementary
  • Northshore Junior High and Woodmoor Elementary
  • Saint Brendan School
  • Shelton View Elementary
  • Skyview Junior High and Canyon Creek Elementary
  • Westhill Elementary
  • Woodin Elementary

Student pedestrian safety was one of the top issues Bothell leaders heard from families and community members when the city developed last year’s levy. Studies show that pedestrian flags increase the percentage of drivers who stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks. After installing flags at key school crossings in Bothell, the city will expand to other high-pedestrian areas such as parks.