Students at Shatford Memorial Elementary School in Hubbards, N.S., started using crossing flags Tuesday morning.

The flags are being placed on Highway 3, a provincial road. The province permitted the pilot project.

Matt Whitman, the Halifax regional councillor for the area, credited the community with pushing for it. He said they still are working to get crossing guards and better lighting.

“Being seen is definitely a big part of it,” he said.

The Hubbards school is the second crossing flag program in the province. The other is in Port Williams.

Anne Gagnon’s two children attend Shatford elementary.  She said the flags are needed to help the students cross the busy road safely.

“Lots of near misses,” she said. “We need to do something to make it safer for our kids."

Gagnon said the three-week trial is especially important as schools encourage young people to walk or bike.

“We also don’t want them to create a false sense of security. We want them to understand it’s still serious and they need the cars to stop before they cross,” she added.

The crossing flags will be available during school hours.

Halifax's Traffic Authority continues to reject the use of the flags on municipal streets.  The latest refusal is in this week's report to the city's Transportation Committee.