Op-Ed: L.A. invented jaywalking tickets to serve cars. It’s time to give streets back to walkers
I was riding downtown today when I saw an interesting thing: a guy and his dog in the street. He gave the dog a leash and walked it around the sidewalk before he let the dog go off the leash. The dog ran all the way to the other sidewalk, where it turned around and barked at all the pedestrians.
The two walks of life that I am reminded of frequently are jaywalking (I was an elementary school jaywalker in Santa Monica in the 1970s) and dog walking (at a friend’s home in La Canada years ago). I would love a way to pay for a dog walker that would be similar to the way we pay for jaywalkers. I don’t believe the dog walkers who walk their dogs in the streets in cities deserve to be on the sidewalk. But maybe we can agree to disagree on what streets belong to the walkers, and how to pay for them.
I am tired of getting jaywalk tickets every week in Los Angeles.
The way dogs and pedestrians get along is such a shame.
If you don’t like it, you can walk a different way.
Here are the new rules, if you want them:
•No dogs allowed on sidewalks (except service animals)•No dogs allowed in street-level bike lanes (except service animals)•No dogs allowed on crosswalks•No pets in wheelchairs or canes•No pets over 10 pounds•No pets on motorcycles or scooters•No riding scooters on sidewalks•No riding dogs off sidewalks•No riding dogs off curbs•No riding bicycles over curbs•No riding in the streets of commercial areas•No riding on any sidewalks in commercial areas, including parking lots•No riding dogs in front of commercial businesses•No riding in front of commercial businesses•No riding in front of residential buildings•No riding in the streets of residential areas•No riding in the streets of residential areas•No riding on any sidewalks in residential areas•No riding in the streets of residential areas•No riding in front of commercial businesses that are boarded up•No riding in front of commercial businesses that are boarded up•No riding a skateboard or roller blade in front of any commercial