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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"   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Rob Ford, Google Street View, pedestrians, Richard Florida  
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2014-02-04 10:54:25 AM  
2 votes:
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 09:37:03 AM  
2 votes:

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 09:32:37 AM  
2 votes:
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 09:29:05 AM  
2 votes:
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 01:28:27 PM  
1 vote:
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 11:08:59 AM  
1 vote:
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 09:30:07 AM  
1 vote:
How can I possibly be expected to give a f*ck?
2014-02-04 09:23:26 AM  
1 vote:
There's a lot of reasons to dislike Rob Ford. Jaywalking isn't one of them.
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