Easthampton residents determined to make downtown crosswalks safer

Hampshire County

Easthampton residents are hoping to make crosswalks safer for both pedestrians and drivers. 

A couple volunteers have come up with a way to ultimately make pedestrians feel safer when crossing the street. 

Cindy Bow and another volunteer have come up with a way to hopefully help make pedestrians feel safer when they cross the street. 

Reflective Flags have been placed at six crosswalk locations in downtown Easthampton. 

When you’re ready to cross, you simply pick up one of the flags from either side of the crosswalk, hold it up in the air, wait until the drivers see you, and cross. 

“I think our responsibility as pedestrians is to educate the drivers,” Bow said. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood in the crosswalk and they have their heads in their phones.”

The flags were put up after a woman was hit and killed by a car as she crossed Cottage Street back in early December. 

One business owner has a store right in front of a crosswalk on Cottage Street. He says the flags are helping. 

“The flags are great,” Owner of Platterpus Records, Dave Witthaus said. “People are using them. More needs to be done possibility something to make people aware that there is a crosswalk there. I’m a big fan of raised crosswalks like they have in other towns which not only act as crosswalks but speed bumps.”

Bow said she knows flags aren’t going to stop accidents from happening, but it’s a step in the right direction. 

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