I'm turning into one of those people I hate: A j-walker. I think I've done it almost every day since I got here. People don't wait for the lights here, they just don't. And it's hard not to do it when there are no cars coming and everyone else is crossing...(I'm sorry Mum. I know you taught me better than this, I won't do it when I'm "home" I promise).
The bonus here though is that the drivers are not quite as freaked out about the pedestrian laws as they are in Calgary. In Calgary, cars will stop for a j-walker because they are so afraid of getting the $300 "failing to yeild to a pedestrian" ticket that they will cause a pile-up trying to brake for a pedestrian who does NOT have the right of way. Here, the motorists will speed up and try to take you out even when you as a pedestrian DO have the right of way.
This is how I am justifying my new habit...the motorists just don't care.