Q&A - Jaywalking or Using an Unmarked Crosswalk?
I hope you can clarify for me if I illegally jaywalked today or was just using an "unmarked crosswalk." The grand entrance to our townhouse complex is directly across the street from the entrance to another grand townhouse complex. The two entrances form a kind of right-angle intersection with the 2-lane road they bisect (82nd avenue and 160th Street, Surrey approx. place).
There are sidewalks on both sides of the street that are sloped downwards to the street at the entrances to both townhouse complexes.
As the only point of formal pedestrian crosswalk is over a block away (and is often perceived by me to be a more dangerous pedestrian crossing because of the high-number of vehicles that just cruise through it), I have taken to exiting our townhouse unit and walking straight across the street to the next side.
Today as I waited for a safe time to cross the street, a unmarked police car yielded to me so I could cross before continuing on along 82nd. I crossed the street safely to the opposite townhouse complex but wondered later if I really am permitted to cross the street this way or should be risking my life down the street at the official crosswalk?
Please clarify if you can.