(Jay)Walking Our Way to Better, Safer Streets

Dec 13, 2016

As parents, we tell our children to look both ways before crossing the street. We remind them to use crosswalks and to obey crossing signals. But practicing what we preach -- well, that's a whole different story.

That's why, this hour, we've decided to tackle the "j" word -- jaywalking, that is.

We discuss the roots of this peculiar expression and find out why the act itself has been discouraged -- despite being a convenient way to get from Point A to Point B. 

Later, we also explore some innovative approaches to crosswalk design.

And we talk to the director of Streetfilms about one city’s remarkable success in reducing travel by car. Have you found a way to eliminate driving from your day-to-day routine?


  • Dr. Peter Norton - Associate Professor at the University of Virginia; author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City
  • Peter De Wild - Sales Manager at Lighted Zebra Crossing B.V.
  • Andrea Aiello - Executive Director of the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District
  • Clarence Eckerson, Jr. - Director of Streetfilms

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show.