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09 January 2013 @ 11:53 am
Jaywalker Rights and Responsibilities  
Jaywalker Rights and Responsibilities (note: not legal advice)

Baseline assumption: It is your right as a pedestrian to jaywalk; the choice to jaywalk confers special responsibilities upon you:

1. When there is no conflicting oncoming traffic, you may meander, saunter, or stroll.
2. When there is conflicting oncoming traffic, you must hustle.
3. No darting out in front of oncoming traffic.
4. You may jaywalk through stopped traffic.
5. You may not stop traffic in order to jaywalk. (This is why we have crosswalks.)
6. You must be able to accurately judge how long it will take you to get across the street.
7. If you are waiting for an opening and traffic stops for you, do not assume that traffic on both sides will do so.
8. Be as visible as possible. Take extra care when jaywalking at night, especially if wearing dark colors or in a poorly lit area.
9. As a jaywalker, you are an element of chaos in traffic; assume that drivers and cyclists won't see you.
10. No daring jaywalking with strollers or children.

Jaywalking means any pedestrian crossing of a vehicle lane at an unmarked and/or unsignalled location, or against the light/signs at a signalled location.
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Martha42itous on January 9th, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
Can you write up an analogous set of rules for jaywiggling?
ruthless compassion: laughteraroraborealis on January 9th, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
Jaywiggler Rights and Responsibilities
Baseline assumption: It is your right as a pedestrian to jaywiggle; the choice to jaywiggle confers special responsibilities upon you:

1. When there is no conflicting oncoming traffic, you may wiggle.
2. When there is conflicting oncoming traffic, you must shimmy.
3. No wiggling out in front of oncoming traffic.
4. You may jaywiggle through stopped traffic.
5. You may not stop traffic in order to jaywiggle. (This is why we have crosswiggles.)
6. You must be able to accurately judge how long it will take you to wiggle across the street.
7. If you are waiting for an opening and traffic stops for you, do not assume that traffic on both sides will do so.
8. Be as visible as possible. Take extra care when jaywiggling at night, especially if wearing dark colors or in a poorly lit area.
9. As a jaywiggler, you are an element of chaos in traffic; assume that drivers and cyclists won't see you.
10. No daring jaywiggling with strollers, rollerskates, or children.

Jaywiggling means any pedestrian crosswiggling of a vehicle lane at an unmarked and/or unsignalled location, or against the light/signs at a signalled location.
Martha42itous on January 9th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Jaywiggler Rights and Responsibilities
::giggle::
Thank you! :)
D. Fennelfennel on January 9th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Jaywiggler Rights and Responsibilities
(This is why we have crosswiggles.)

Yay!
Spiderbabearachne8x on January 9th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Jaywiggler Rights and Responsibilities
LOVE!
existential hot showerveek on January 9th, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
I like this! I keep reading "agent of chaos."
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on January 10th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
Love this love this love this.
Ninja Monkey (aka. Noah): Ninja Monkeywanderyng1 on January 17th, 2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
I really wish more people followed these guidelines. Then I would feel like the jaywalkers I encounter during my daily commute are responsible people and not people craving death by oncoming vehicle.