Jaywalking is when a pedestrian illegally crosses a road. Generally, if you're in an area with a lot of traffic lights, chances are that jaywalking is illegal (CVC 21955). Downtown Davis has only a few of these:

While it is not illegal to cross the road without a crosswalk except for the above exceptions, most drivers don't expect people to do so and you are legally obligated not to make yourself a hazard.

[WWW]California Vehicle Code: Division 11 states that:

([WWW]full text of laws)

Davis Municipal Code/22 states that:

Places where jaywalking often occurs are:


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2005-12-03 14:36:53   It seems like between ACE Hardware and ACE Homeware doesn't qualify as it isn't between controlled intersections? The Colleges are an example of a crossing between two controlled intersections. —JasonAller

2005-12-03 16:59:35   Are controlled intersections ruled by the same defenition as the ones in San Francisco are? I know there only streets with street lights boardering them are considered an example of such. Stop signs don't count. —JosephBleckman

2005-12-03 17:37:20   Just how often does the Davis police ticket people for jaywalking anyway? —AlexanderWoo

2006-03-16 21:08:00   Yesterday (15 March 06) at about 3:30pm, I observed an incident of "Jayriding" at the intersection of Covell & Pole Line. A burly and possibly intoxicated Hispanic individual rode his bike from the NE to SW corner as the traffic lights were changing. A petite Asian lady in a westbound minivan (intending to turn right on Pole Line) was forced to come to an immediate stop when she spotted him leisurely cutting towards her. The rider then performed some wheelies and "bunny hops" for his captive audience, as if his bike was a '63 Impala hopped up on pneumatics. As these maneuvers got progressively outrageous, the rider eventually lost all control and spilled onto the pavement right in front of the minivan. He lay in agony for only a few moments, but then nonchalantly stood up, picked up the bike, and walked off to the Oak Tree Plaza. —ErikAnderson

2008-03-23 12:24:31   Have to admit, sometimes it seems safer to jaywalk Downtown when there's lots of traffic. Having to watch for 2 cars going in 2 directions at the middle of a block is easier than having to watch for 4 cars going in 12 possible directions at an intersection, especially if drivers become confused over who goes next after a pedestrian has crossed during their turn. I make frequent use of the mid-block crosswalks on E, F and G streets on weekdays around noon or 5pm. —DukeMcAdow

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