Jaywalking

June 5, 2016, 1pm PDT
New Mexico had the nation's highest pedestrian fatality rate in 2014. Alcohol was a factor in over half the pedestrian fatalities in New Mexico, while nationally it's a third. According to the Albuquerque PD, drunk pedestrians are primarily to blame.
Albuquerque Journal
February 13, 2016, 5am PST
There are a few reasons one should exercise caution while crossing the street illegally. In Massachusetts, fear of a fine is not one of them.
CBS Boston
January 23, 2016, 11am PST
The provincial government has taken draconian measures on jaywalkers in an effort to curb pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
BuzzFeed News
Blog post
July 1, 2015, 9am PDT
Laws designed to keep pedestrians off streets are not merely useless, but create a variety of social harms.
Michael Lewyn
May 15, 2015, 8am PDT
By many estimates, a city known for its pedestrian unfriendliness is developing pockets of local walkability. Minor disputes over pedestrian rights may add up to something bigger.
CityLab
Blog post
January 8, 2015, 2pm PST
One obstacle to laissez-faire capitalism is capitalists' ability to use government to favor one competitor over another; the history of American street design provides an example.
Michael Lewyn
May 16, 2014, 1pm PDT
A reporter in Philadelphia doesn't hold back the innuendo in a recent article about the city's efforts to improve pedestrian safety. The implication: pedestrians won't be safe until the police start writing jaywalking tickets.
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 12, 2014, 12pm PST
With jaywalking enforcement policies recently making news in New York City and Los Angeles, more of the media is pushing back on long-held assumptions about who rules the road. Here’s a primer on how jaywalking became a crime.
BBC News Magazine
Blog post
February 7, 2014, 1pm PST
Anti-jaywalking laws are based upon questionable assumptions.
Michael Lewyn
January 27, 2014, 6am PST
How far should cops go to ticket jaywalkers, particularly when dealing with non-English speaking senior citizens? An 84-year-old upper-West Side resident was targeted by New York's finest, and ended up arrested, bloodied and hospitalized.
New York Post
December 27, 2013, 9am PST
By expanding its transit and cycling infrastructure and creating pedestrian-friendly streets, L.A. is improving access to alternative forms of transportation. But in the city's most walkable area, police are out to prove the car is still king.
The New York Times
May 10, 2013, 8am PDT
The results of a recent study of pedestrian road crossing behavior suggests that the risks we take as walkers depend largely on our cultural context.
Atlantic Cities
January 9, 2013, 6am PST
When it comes to enforcing laws like jaywalking, strictly imposed tickets and fines motivate people to change their behavior. John Cichowski discusses whether light-hearted, even humorous, suggestions can be as effective as heavy-handed prosecution.
NorthJersey.com
September 7, 2010, 11am PDT
Most crosswalks are straight lines, but many people walk across streets in an arc. One designer has proposed changing the way crosswalks are painted to improve pedestrian safety.
Fast Co. Design
November 15, 2009, 9am PST
Over the past 15 years, more than 76,000 pedestrians have been killed in the U.S. Some say preventing a significant portion of these deaths is as simple as enforcing jaywalking laws. Not so, argues Tom Vanderbilt, author of <em>Traffic</em>.
Slate
June 17, 2009, 7am PDT
Officials are trying to regulate jaywalking of the residents of East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights about reckless walking and driving on the tracks.
Los Angeles Times
August 30, 2008, 1pm PDT
In an effort to dissuade jaywalking, police in Shanghai are planning to publish pictures and videos of jaywalkers in newspapers and local TV to shame offenders.
Reuters