Fearless, defiant, detested: Meet the Boston jaywalker
Boston Globe - 05/23/2017
“Boston is without question the most lawless city when it comes to pedestrians,” said Peter Furth, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University. “It’s an annoying thing, but that is not the cause of our fatalities.”
He said that Walsh’s comments that pedestrians should remove their headphones and quit darting in and out of traffic are undercut by data that show that at least four of the 15 pedestrians killed in Boston last year were older than 65. Two others were children under 3.
“The idea that pedestrians jaywalking makes for an unsafe environment is not borne out by the data,” Furth said.