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Melinda Rogers, Published October 01 2007

Crosswalk initiative aims to get drivers to slow down

Fifth-graders from Fargo’s Roosevelt Elementary School will roll out their best Picasso and Monet imitations this week in city crosswalks.

The school is partnering with Fargo Cass Public Health for a Friday event where students will color crosswalks on 10th Street North and 11th Avenue North, near Roosevelt, which is located at 1026 10th St. N.

The project serves two purposes, said Carol Grimm, a public health protection and promotions direction for Fargo Cass Public Health.

Drawing in the crosswalks works as a traffic calming technique because vehicles slow down to view the art, improving safety for children crossing the street, she said in a news release.

In addition, children are more likely to use crosswalks with art in them so they can view designs while crossing the street, said Grimm.

For more information, read Tuesday's Forum.