Four tips for the Ever-Intimidating New York Crosswalk

By Clem Banaszak-Holl, Southwestern University ’16

The streets of New York can be quite intimidating. There is really no need to explain why those who walk these streets take an extra couple steps per minute than the average American (according to Thomas Frieden, the city’s commissioner of public health), yet this fast-paced lifestyle creates a very controversial issue. Crosswalks. Just as pedestrians are attempting to get from Point A to B as fast as possible, so are the spiteful automobiles. Seemingly out for blood, I hope to provide you with four tips to avoid your mechanical counterparts while trying to sneak across the street.

Don’t Hesitate

If you see an opening, and you really are in a rush, take it. Don’t think about it. Just as you learned in driver’s-ed, look both ways, and GO.

Wolfpack Mentality

When attempting to cross the street in a group, leave no man (and/or woman) behind. There is nothing worse than making it halfway across the street to turn around and realize you are the only one that will make it. If that’s not bad enough, the awkward minute of silence while you wait for the rest of the group will be.


If you do find yourself in a sticky situation, i.e. a little too close to a car, a frontwards barrel roll over the hood is the tried and true, safest approach. Even if you see the vehicle coming to an abrupt stop, a little parkour practice never hurt anybody.  

Deer in the Headlights

If you find yourself in a state of “shock and awe,” as many people new to the city often do, try not to stare into the eyes of your impending doom too long. Do not wait for your saving grace because nine times out of ten they will not show up. Instead, cross as quickly (and gracefully) as possible to the nearest street corner, just as our fellow species of animals do.


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