The Flagged intersections to help pedestrians (12/13) is a great idea. Let’s hope the motorists will respect it.
The idea however, is not new. Japan was using the crossing flags at least as far back in 1961 when I served there in the Marines.
Additionally, Japanese elementary grade school children wear bright yellow caps to and from school. In low-crime Japan, elementary grade school children often walk, even ride the subway to school, unaccompanied.
Dennis A. Cavagnaro