Area leaders said new signs installed at the Badger State Trail and McKee Road crossing in Fitchburg are meant to reduce pedestrian-car crashes.
During a news conference Thursday morning at the intersection, Fitchburg Mayor Shawn Pfaff and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi unveiled the signs -- including lights -- that they said will make crossing the four-lane McKee Road safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
Parisi's office said an incident where a cyclist crossing McKee was struck by a car and three other crashes at the roadway and trail underscored the need for new measures to protect pedestrians.
The signs allow people on foot or bike activate the lights signaling to motorists they're about to cross. The lights flash in a pattern similar to the ones used by emergency vehicles, Parisi's office said.
Funding from Dane County -- $20,000 -- and money from the city of Fitchburg were used to purchase the signs.