I see in the paper there was another collision between a motor vehicle (in this case, a bus) and a pedestrian (14-year old girl) on St Laurent Blvd. While I don’t know the exact location of the collision, I find it odd that there could be 500m without a crosswalk. I suspect there may be 500 m between signalized intersections, but even where it is an unsignalized intersection, a crosswalk exists, whether marked or unmarked.
Recall also that it is NOT ILLEGAL to cross a street. Some people think we should cross only at intersections, or signalized intersections, or at marked crosswalks.
There are many people in the pedestrian advocacy movement who will also advise you — just as I will — that it is frequently much safer to cross midblock than at intersections, since there is no turning traffic, and the potential number of conflict points is much reduced. Intersections are designed for the convenience of motorists, for the safe and fast movement of vehicles, and only rarely for the convenience of pedestrians.
I, for one, don’t feel obliged to cross at signalized intersections when they are not designed for my safety.