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(TreeHugger)   The internet defends Rob Ford from his jaywalking charges. "I have spent some time noodling around google street view and this is one of the most pedestrian-unfriendly intersections I have ever seen"   (treehugger.com) divider line 21
    More: Interesting, Rob Ford, Google Street View, pedestrians, Richard Florida  
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2014-02-04 09:23:26 AM
There's a lot of reasons to dislike Rob Ford. Jaywalking isn't one of them.
 
2014-02-04 09:26:39 AM
Question for those people: who, in a city, is ultimately responsible for executive decisions about city planning, like intersection design?
 
2014-02-04 09:26:40 AM
Drunken slob gets ticket.  Blogger confused by intersection.  More at Eleven!
 
2014-02-04 09:27:51 AM
Consider the alternative.  Do you want him coming to your city and driving around your citizens?
 
2014-02-04 09:29:05 AM
Jaywalking is a crime when someone is blatantly walking in traffic. Otherwise it's some crap you got a ticket for in the 1940s.
 
2014-02-04 09:30:07 AM
How can I possibly be expected to give a f*ck?
 
2014-02-04 09:32:37 AM
I thought jaywalking in Toronto was defined as having forced a car to slow down or stop; if that didn't happen it isn't jaywalking. Did they change the law to be more stupid lately?
 
2014-02-04 09:37:03 AM

ikanreed: Question for those people: who, in a city, is ultimately responsible for executive decisions about city planning, like intersection design?


It's different in every city. There area Ford was in is suburban so it's likely that the part of public works that deals with roads is responsible. Those departments tend to be populated with people who think of cars first, pedestrians ten millionth. Had he been in downtown Vancouver, the intersection likely would have been designed by someone who takes pedestrian safety and aesthetics into account.

. "I have spent some time noodling around google street view and this is one of the most pedestrian-unfriendly intersections I have ever seen"

Which seems like even more reason not to jaywalk. Suburban traffic arteries tend to heavily favor cars. Crossing anywhere other than an intersection, poorly planned or not, just increases your chances of being hit by a car traveling at a high speed by someone who isn't expecting or watching for pedestrians. What really sucks is when it's half a mile between intersections, you're at the midpoint, and where you want to get it straight across the street. Such is life in much of suburban North America.
 
2014-02-04 09:38:22 AM
as someone from that area I clicked the link to see where he was jaywalking and WTF HE JAYWALKED ACROSS THE TWO BUSIEST ROADS IN THE CITY?

also, Yan's Garden is the sh*t. Best Chinese restaurant hands-down. The owner is the same Yan that hosted the cooking show "Wok With Yan" in the 90's
 
2014-02-04 09:41:31 AM

PC LOAD LETTER: Jaywalking is a crime when someone is blatantly walking in traffic. Otherwise it's some crap you got a ticket for in the 1940s.


Not in Seattle! I've known several people who've gotten jay walking tickets here. It's bad enough that you'll see people standing in the rain at deserted intersections in the middle of the night, because they're afraid they'll get a jay walking ticket.
 
2014-02-04 09:56:00 AM

Medic Zero: PC LOAD LETTER: Jaywalking is a crime when someone is blatantly walking in traffic. Otherwise it's some crap you got a ticket for in the 1940s.

Not in Seattle! I've known several people who've gotten jay walking tickets here. It's bad enough that you'll see people standing in the rain at deserted intersections in the middle of the night, because they're afraid they'll get a jay walking ticket.


about half the population are wesen anyway, apparently.  Were-badgers don't need no roads.
 
2014-02-04 10:06:26 AM

TheHappyCanadian: as someone from that area I clicked the link to see where he was jaywalking and WTF HE JAYWALKED ACROSS THE TWO BUSIEST ROADS IN THE CITY?

also, Yan's Garden is the sh*t. Best Chinese restaurant hands-down. The owner is the same Yan that hosted the cooking show "Wok With Yan" in the 90's


SHUT UP!!!

I'm farking hopping a plane now!!!
 
2014-02-04 10:49:33 AM
I took a shiat in that Intersection last Thursday.
 
2014-02-04 10:54:25 AM
CSB:  Got a Jaywalking ticket myself in Vancouver in 1992.  Irony is, I was crossing the street to avoid walking right through an arrest of some junkie that was taking place on the sidewalk.  That very minor incident had a major impact on the way I handled myself 7 years later when I joined a Force.  I always remembered it when I asked myself if I really needed to ticket someone instead of just having a word with a person over minor infractions.
 
2014-02-04 11:08:59 AM
With all the shiat that Rob Ford has been up to lately, are we really going to get on him about jaywalking?
 
2014-02-04 01:20:07 PM
Give it up, he's not going to sleep with you.
 
2014-02-04 01:28:27 PM
It certainly is a clusterf*ck of an intersection, but when you cross it while drunk and nearly get hit by several vehicles with a cop right there to see it you can almost certainly expect to get some kind of valuable paper souvenir out of the deal...
 
2014-02-04 01:33:27 PM

IamAwake: Medic Zero: PC LOAD LETTER: Jaywalking is a crime when someone is blatantly walking in traffic. Otherwise it's some crap you got a ticket for in the 1940s.

Not in Seattle! I've known several people who've gotten jay walking tickets here. It's bad enough that you'll see people standing in the rain at deserted intersections in the middle of the night, because they're afraid they'll get a jay walking ticket.

about half the population are wesen anyway, apparently.  Were-badgers don't need no roads.


I thought that was Portland actually.  Fortunately all the truly weird cases get directed into the same precinct.
 
2014-02-04 04:07:33 PM
A question: why isn't this fat fark in jail? He admitted to smoking crack.

Thank you.
 
2014-02-04 04:33:52 PM

DrZiffle: A question: why isn't this fat fark in jail? He admitted to smoking crack.

Thank you.


For the same reason Bieber hasn't been deported yet?

And seriously?  Jaywalking shouldn't even be a crime.
 
2014-02-04 07:05:29 PM
Jaywalking should be (and sometimes is) the pedestrian equivalent of "Failure to yield the right of way": You made someone slam the brakes or interrupted traffic. But all too often both are used by cops to hassle (and tax) people who went out of their way to make sure there was no traffic and no danger.

That said, this intersection is crying out for a center-crossing that only triggers when someone's waiting. So is that other one shown with the crosswalks set stupid-far back. Ugh. Stupid urban planning mistakes make my blood boil.
 
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