Why You Should Jaywalk

The prevalence of jaywalking in dense, urban cities demonstrates the need for pedestrian-oriented street design.

Jaywalking is often portrayed in a negative light. But Maisonneuve urban affairs columnist Christopher DeWolf argues that we should take a second look at the phenomenon. "The failure of lawmakers to control pedestrian behaviour shows that this approach simply does not work," he writes. "Instead of trying to force pedestrians to conform to streets designed primarily for cars, why not adapt them to the behaviour of pedestrians?" DeWolf goes on to look at how streets can be made to embrace jaywalking and ensure a more harmonious relationship between pedestrians and motorists.

Thanks to Phillip Todd

Full Story: The Truth About Jaywalking: Besides being dangerous, is there a silver lining to pedestrians' unruly habits?



Great Article

I'm a professional bicycle and pedestrian planner, and I was ready to read the article and slam the author. I figured this article would be totally bogus, telling people to jump in front of cars in the hopes of achieving a "tipping point" or some such nonsense.

But the author makes some excellent points and has really thought things through. I especially like seeing the statement that walking is the superior/preferred mode of transportation. We need to shine a light on this fact! The world would be a better place if everyone who could walk, did, and more often.

Rochester, NY

Brand new! Urban Grid City Collection

Each city has its own unique story. Commemorate where you came from or where you want to go.
Grids and Guide Red book cover

Grids & Guides

A notebook for visual thinkers. Available in red and black.
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $16.95 a month
T-shirt with map of Chicago

Show your city pride

Men's Ultrasoft CityFabric© tees. Six cities available.