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Are you a jay-mama/jay-papa?

Walk signalI'm in a hurry.  Always in a hurry.  The other day, when I was trying to rush around running errands during my lunch break, I dashed across busy Burnside, even though I was facing a blaring blinking red hand, signaling me to stay where I was.  I wasn't through crossing the street when the cross traffic was given their green, and car almost clipped my heels as I scurried across to the other side.

It occurred to me that I think I am a chronic jaywalker.  I pay little attention to the flashing red hand, but for to somewhat gauge whether I can make it across in a nick of time or not.  I can't say that my habits are any better when I'm with my kids.  And, I know it's awful.

I must not be the only mama-culprit to jaywalk.  Do you walk, even if you're told: "Don't"?

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all the time.

Nope. I'd rather my kids have me than my life insurance money.

i used to, but getting hit (okay, grazed, i'm being hyperbolic) by a car cured me!

Nope. I'd rather my kids have me than my life insurance money.

No. Not worth trying to explain to my child why she has to follow that rule if I don't feel like it. Sure, you're not going to get run over most times you jaywalk, but intersections are the most dangerous parts of our streets for any type of accident even without jaywalking. I was walking my bike (legally) across a crosswalk just a couple months ago and my bike was run over by a motorist not paying attention (no injuries to me, phew!) Taking a greater chance at getting flattened is not worth the extra 30 seconds to me.

I have a friend who jaywalked and almost got mowed down by a motorcycle cop in the process. He stopped and severely reprimanded her, and I always keep that in mind when I'm tempted to jaywalk!!

But even before her experience I generally avoid jaywalking. I figure it's just not worth the possible problem or ticket to wait a minute or two.

Nope - know too many people who have been hit/killed by cars.

I work with visually impaired people so I'm often encouraging them to be cautious in crossing. This helps keep me cautious too, but I have been know to run with the hand flashing on occasion. Not with the baby along though.

Downtown only (I lived down there for years, it is ingrained) but never, never with my kids.

Yep. Of course we use our own judgment to decide if it is safe or not, but if I think I'll make it, I run.

When we first moved here from NY (where jaywalking is as common as breathing), DH and I would stand off the curb, in the street, waiting for a clear spot to dash across. We got so many disapproving looks we had to stop doing it.

That being said, if I am with the kids we ALWAYS wait for the light. I also have a tendency (only when with the kids), to walk an extra block or two if it means crossing in a crosswalk, or at a light, instead of crossing at an "unmarked" intersection.

I am very passionate (anal?) about not jaywalking! Just this morning my son and I were talking about redlight/greelight -- we wait at the red light so the other friends can have a turn. It's not just about our safety as pedestrians, it's also about everybody else on the road. As a cyclist or motorist it's really scary to see someone dart out in front of you. Even when you think you have plenty of time, someone not as smart as you might follow your lead when they don't have such a good opening. And back to the taking turns thing -- the signals are set up to allow everybody time to move, so a pedestrian crossing on the red hand can hold up traffic that's been waiting to turn, which dominoes especially downtown.

i do, but not with kids and only when it's clear, and i check for people turning. i'm too impatient.

i do, but not with kids and only when it's clear, and i check for people turning. i'm too impatient. i even got a jaywalking ticket in san diego once =)

I've also stopped jaywalking, despite having lived in New York and Philadelphia, where crossing the street *with* the light is often more dangerous than without (I've been honked at by many a cabbie for being in the crosswalk legally). I've had to consciously make a change in the way I think about it; when Everett was a baby and toddler, I jaywalked liberally, only stopping when I started to think about it one day and realize, like Rasa, that I didn't want to tell my children *they* needed to wait for the light when *I* didn't.

I also have watched so many motorists disregarding the possibility of bikers or pedestrians that I've become very cautious, often waiting until I make eye contact if I see a driver turning right across a crosswalk, for instance, or racing a yellow light, or pulling out to the very edge of a busy street ready to turn onto it, not thinking that a pedestrian could be legally walking there.

we are jaywalkers in this family. we are used to working downtown and we live off SW Multnomah Blvd and so if we want to cross the street to follow other traffic rules, like walking facing traffic, then we must jaywalk.

i also just found this article on how to jaywalk. enjoy!! http://www.ehow.com/how_2192484_jaywalk-getting-hit.html

we are jaywalkers in this family. we are used to working downtown and we live off SW Multnomah Blvd and so if we want to cross the street to follow other traffic rules, like walking facing traffic, then we must jaywalk.

i also just found this article on how to jaywalk. enjoy!! http://www.ehow.com/how_2192484_jaywalk-getting-hit.html

All the time. I am from NY and everyone there jaywalks, all the time. We laugh at tourists who stay put when the "Don't Walk" sign is lit.

I live near a super dangerous intersection at NE 50th and Sandy. Since my little guy was born I've been making an effort to wait for the signal, but have noticed that it is not necessarily safer. Two nights ago I had an errand on the other side of Sandy and each time a car ran the red light going each way, that's 4 total cars! It's amazing how dangerous it is out there in the world, it's a miracle that we leave the house at all. (OK my neurotic tendencies are a little nutty, rest assured I live a normal life outside the home, despite my internal dialogue.)

I jay walk when I'm alone, but I guess that ones of the ways I stay "young and rebelious" yea its not funny but I gotta have a few kicks! Plus I am alwasy in a rush! With my son we ONLY cross at corners and after we do the whole "lets look if any cars are coming, okay its our turn and then we walk" I agree with the people that its better for litte ones to have their moms and dads and not life insurance money! but its an old habit I can't seem to break!

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