Why You Should Jaywalk

The prevalence of jaywalking in dense, urban cities demonstrates the need for pedestrian-oriented street design.
February 27, 2006, 5am PST | Kilgore Trout
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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

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