Make jaywalking legal unless it obstructs vehicular movement
  • Petitioned Nick Licata

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City of Seattle, Seattle City Council
Nick Licata

Make jaywalking legal unless it obstructs vehicular movement

    1. Heather Ayres
    2. Petition by

      Heather Ayres

      Seattle, WA

Jaywalking is an expensive, low priority offense. And, it has resulted in direct conflict between officers and the general public. The Seattle Times published "Auditors have cited concerns with Seattle police jaywalking stops" in June 2010 after a jaywalking stop resulted in an officer punching a 17 year old girl. The story begins, "Auditors who oversee complaints against Seattle police officers have repeatedly expressed concerns about jaywalking stops and minor street confrontations that escalate into physical altercations..."

It may be a question of priorities, intention and trust.

Walking Seattle published "Should jaywalking laws change?" in August 2011: "Waiting for light signals adds up to a lot of wasted time and reduces the efficiency of walking compared to other modes of transportation. This seems to conflict with the goal of the city’s Walk, Bike, Ride program to make walking one of the easiest ways to get around." Adding, "For what it’s worth, only 1 of 4 city council members who participated in our Q&A clearly denied ever jaywalking."

In September 2011, Seattle Pulp shared this, "And believe it or not, jaywalking is way more illegal than nudity. Seriously."

Some things just don't make sense. Jaywalking fines is one of them. Let's fix this right away.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. KPLU: Seattleites notoriously unwilling to jaywalk

      Heather Ayres
      Petition Organizer

      growing conversation

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. Change Jaywalking Laws in Seattle

      Heather Ayres
      Petition Organizer

      "Last year, SPD issued 1570 tickets to pedestrians, yet less than 200 to drivers for failing to yield the right of way (the largest cause of pedestrian collisions in the city)."

    4. Reached 5 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Chris Bille SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because it's generally safer to cross illegally, against the light, with no approaching traffic than it is to cross legally, with the light, when drivers are waiting to turn (often aggressively moving into the crosswalk before the light even turns green).

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    • Brenton Gunning SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Jaywalking is not a crime when nobody is obstructed. I am a firm believer. I see people waiting around on sidewalks when there are no cars coming - makes no sense. Unfortunately, our laws made them that way. Let's change this.

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    • Thomas Fox SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I rely on my senses not traffic control devices that drivers ignore. I am much safer and do not impede automobile traffic.

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    • David Grossberg SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      An intersection near my house has an untrustworthy light (occasionally skips pedestrian cycles), and is attached to a road without enough traffic to justify waiting what can sometimes seem like several minutes (I've not timed it, since the skips are random)

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    • Merlin Rainwater SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because it is often safer to "jaywalk" than to cross at intersections with turning cars.

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