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A class Northeastern needs to add to its curriculum

Shamus Moynihan, who lives in JP, but who has occasion to travel along Huntington Avenue from time to time, suggests:

As part of orientation, could you please teach a class called “How to Cross a Street”? This current wandering en masse into the middle of Huntington ave with headphones in while staring at their phones isn’t working out.

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Suffolk could use one as well.

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...if you think NU students are bad, by all means avoid Comm Ave during the school year. BU students are another level

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Yes, Northeastern students are worse. And yes, I know how bad BU students are with crossing the street. That's how bad NU students are with crossing Huntington Ave.

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For the first time in school history, Northeastern has won the Beanpot in three consecutive seasons. The Huskies completed their title defense in 2020 with a thrilling 5-4 win over Boston University in double overtime. After trailing 2-0 through the first period, the Huskies scored four times in an 8:30 span in the second to surge in front.

https://www.ncaa.com/news/icehockey-men/article/2020-02-10/2020-beanpot-...

So cool that you’re claiming the street crossing championship. Congrats.

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If the sport is trying to get injured crossing the street.

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JP commies at it again.

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They just need the app that shows the human zombies what is in front of them.

A few maimings and deaths may resolve the problem.

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Earlier in the week, we were still at the "waiting for the crosswalk signal at a ped-only traffic signal, even though there wasn't a single car in sight" stage.

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maybe they should be encouraged to activate the camera so they can see where they are going while looking at their phone. #FoodForThought

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Same as it ever was. Was a nightmare driving a box truck around that area and especially BU

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.. to learn how to share the road. Pedestrians are not a problem. Snarky drivers are.

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Pedestrians are not a problem
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Whatever you're smoking, it's much too strong to be any of the legal product at our local dispensaries.

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And as the trolley was starting to cross Forsyth Street leaving the Northeastern stop, a student walked in front it. Thankfully the driver was able to stop in time.

In short, pedestrians are sometimes the problem, and that intersection is proof of it.

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The same often happens to the 39 on that stretch of Huntington too.

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There are actually laws regulating pedestrians in the street. There is one called J-walking. Pedestrians at intersections that are controlled are literally breaking the law if they cross against the light.
For real, you should look it up,

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jaywalking is a civil infraction, fineable at $1. Society has made it clear that it's not a particularly offensive offense.

Streets and intersection designs are tilted heavily for driver convenience over ped convenience, and peds know this. They respond accordingly, seizing more space and convenience for themselves when they believe they can.

As a driver, when you drive by an elementary or high school during morning or evening school commute, I expect that you drive really slowly (like, the 25 or 20 mph speed limit!) and are especially cautious. Maybe just do the same thing around college campuses, with the understanding that it's almost always a morning or evening school commute?

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You know what the fine is for jaywalking (not J-walking) in Massachusetts?

One dollar.

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more worried about becoming a hood ornament.

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Which is why we need to crack down harder on scofflaw speeding texting drivers and build infrastructure for safer streets.

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Do you know anyone who ever got a ticket for jaywalking? I do. Me. Not here in Boston but in Phoenix AZ in 1969. Was standing just off the curb on a wide (6-lane) street when a motorcycle cop pulled up, lectured me and handed me a ticket. At that time I was a NYC native so didn't think twice about stepping off the curb before the light changed.

The fine? $5, which was a significant amount in 1969. It's even more now per https://7news.com.au/news/crime/sydney-pedestrians-targeted-by-police-as...

PHOENIX — Jaywalking is a problem across the Valley and now the City of Phoenix wants to make sure jaywalkers are held accountable.

The current city code states that a first jaywalking offense would just result in a warning from police and a second violation could lead to a $250 fine.

But the Public Safety and Justice Subcommittee met on Wednesday morning to discuss a proposal that would get rid of the warning.

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The law is not called "j-walking." Jaywalking was a term coined to mock people walking in the street when there was a campaign to get people out of the road so the streets would be reserved just for cars. Like how DC Metro had a campaign to call people standing on the left side of the escalator "escalumps."

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The original term was “jay driving” used to denigrate drivers of motor vehicles when they first started appearing on the road and endangering the other road users.
The motor vehicle industry mounted a propaganda campaign to turn public sentiment against pedestrians, etc and force them out of the road so drivers could speed and more cars would be sold. They changed the term from jay driving to jay walking.

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This would be hilarious if it wasn't for the fact that no one in the city of Boston knows how to cross a street or more importantly, cares to know. World class.

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was looking into a Common Sense class.

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Somehow one can never be wrong about what kind of topics evoke most heated discussions on the Uhub.

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A couple years ago I actually sent an e-mail to several Northeastern admin departments and DCR when my kids and I would bike commute on the SW Corridor most mornings during a passing period between Northeastern classes and it would literally be swarmed with students milling all over the bike path between Ruggles and Mass Ave and not noticing that people were trying to bike down it and ringing bells and shouting to them. Columbus Ave in that area is often not much better, with students wandering across it seeming not to realize that it's an active street, as well as pulling their cars into the "protected" bike lanes and idling. Never got a response.

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