Girl Scout proposes pedestrian safety plan

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Three years ago a little girl was hit at the intersection of Avenue de Landa and Mae Anne Avenue in northwest Reno. After the incident, middle schooler Priyasha Landry and her Girl Scout team put together the "Be Safe, Be Seen" project, allowing students to pick up flags and alert drivers before they walk.

October 10, 2018, Landry spoke in front of the Reno City Council, looking for support to make the flag program even more effective by bringing it to other areas in Northern Nevada and adding some new elements to the project.

"It's not just the northwest that has dangerous intersections; it's a lot of more places," says Priyasha Landry.

Along with putting message banners on poles, she wants to add 3D painted pictures on sidewalks and crosswalks to grab the attention of pedestrians and get them to look up.

"I'm really excited about the art,” says Reno City Councilwoman Naomi Duerr. “The Arts and Culture Commission is really shifting their focus and they are trying to get art out into the community in a way that is more accessible and it fits in with our daily life, and I think this is a perfect blend of art and safety."

To make Landry's ideas become reality, she will need to sit with the Reno City Council staff and come up with a cost analysis and prove through a trial that the project can be replicated.

Landry is looking for a graphic designer to help her design the new banners. If you are interested in helping out, call 775-830-6377.

The middle schooler is also trying to make an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show. She created a non-profit, making pillowcases for cancer patients. The comedian has a website called EllenTube where people are shown doing acts of kindness. Landry is looking to have the community go vote for her video on the website so she can make it on the show.