It’s interesting to look back at the history of jaywalking in this article from the Toronto Star. Seattle’s not much of a jaywalking town, as this article references:
Chicago remains a jaywalking town. When White Sox general manager Kenny Williams was ticketed for jaywalking in Seattle last summer, Williams’ explanation to the officer was that pedestrians jaywalk in Chicago all the time. To which the officer retorted: not in Seattle.
Still, it’s interesting that the street used to be public spaces for pedestrians and, as this article details, over the period of 30 years from 1900 to 1930, streets became the domain of car traffic. Pedestrians are now trying to reclaim the streets that once belonged to them, but we’ll never return to the free jaywalking days of 1900.
A pedestrian was hit trying to cross Aurora Avenue N last night and has died today
A pedestrian was taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries Thursday night after being struck while crossing Aurora Avenue North, Seattle police said.
A man was trying to cross Aurora on foot around 8:12 p.m. Thursday in the 4400 block, police said. He made it across the northbound lanes, but was struck by a car in the southbound lanes
Aurora’s not a very pedestrian-friendly street, much less if you’re trying to cross. There are a few raised crosswalks, but not convenient enough for pedestrians. This unfortunate person made a bad judgment, but it’s poor road design judgment that creates these situations.
Seattle is a great place to walk – to walk to school, to walk to the store, to walk for pleasure. This blog is here to provide ideas for walking and encourage people to get out and enjoy the city on foot – we’ll also try to be honest about some of the obstacles that pedestrians can face.