When I meet someone who does not skitter across an empty street when crossing against a red light, I feel an instant bond with them. They know the road and the way it works and the way they should work with it. They know when they can act and when they shouldn't. When they can cross and when they can't.

Not everyone is an effective jaywalker and those lacking the skill are sometimes a threat to the safety of drivers on the road as well as their own. By not exercising caution, they are less aware of what is going on around them which reduces the amount of care in the execution of a good jaywalk.

So you don't get hurt, I've compiled a list of pointers:

  • Nobody wants to hit you- They don't need the hassle or mark on their driving record, so unless they're not paying attention to the road (see below) they should see you.

  • Be Aware of Cell Phone Drivers- I don't think this needs much explanation.

  • Pay Attention- If anything does hit you, it'll hurt and you won't get to wherever you're going. Be aware of the flow of everything around you.

  • Watch The Lights- Like when you're driving, be aware of the traffic lights around you. They'll indicate where traffic is coming from and can help you when in blind spots. They'll also show you when you can cross safely and not.

  • Stand on the Yellow Line- If you cross a busy street, do it one direction at a time. Stand on the yellow line and wait for until its safe to cross.

Jaywalking is illegal and depending on your area, you may or may not be ticketed by the police if caught. The above pointers should be exercised with caution and used rationally according to your situation. I will not be held responsible for your death or injury if you are plowed over by a bike courier.

    Happy Jaywalking!