Sidewalk Etiquette?

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  1. Billicus macrumors 6502a

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    I was thinking about this the other day as I was walking down the sidewalk. (I also thought it would make an interesting thread. :)) What side of the sidewalk do you default to? That is, do you walk on the right side of the sidewalk naturally or the left. Does this preference depend on any situations? I'm also curious to discover if this depends upon the side of the road you drive on in your country (i.e. right side in the U.S., left side in G.B.)

    I prefer to walk on the right side of sidewalk but if I notice someone coming right at me I'll slide over to the left (obviously to avoid running into them). I was in London this Spring for Easter but I can't recall which side of the sidewalk I used.
     
  2. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    I walk on the right. It used to be that I'd always move over if someone were coming right at me, but as of late I've done that less and less often unless the other person is obviously not paying attention. If I'm on the right, I've got the ROW.
     
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i tend to walk to the right by default. although it all depends on whats in my way too. i'm not a slow walker so i'll go around people whichever way is easiest.
     
  4. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    out of habit, i'll default to the side closest to traffic. don't exactly know why.
     
  5. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    To be honest, I don't think I have a 'side' as such – I just take whichever route will avoid any collisions with inanimate objects or other pedestrians.
     
  6. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    HA! i was just thinking this the other day... how sad we are. i default to the left hand side of a footpath (sidewalk) & a hallway/path cos thats the side that i drive on. ive noticed that a lot of people default to right on a path or hallway and i tend to force them to switch or almost bump into them. on the contrary we have a big mall in by home city and its split into two big footpaths and most of the crowd walks on the left. shouldnt it be clear that you stick to which side you drive on?

    maybe some people naturally like to go to a favoured side whether it be right or left like having a dominant left eye. i like sitting slightly to the left at my desk, my windows slightly to the left on my screen and i have a dominant left eye... but im right handed!... weird
     
  7. bartelby macrumors Core

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    One the outside, like a gentleman always should...
     
  8. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    London sidewalk (footpath) etiquette: Please don't stroll at snail's pace 3 or 4 abreast looking up at the buildings, otherwise I'll kick the crap out of your ruddy coccyx. Thank you. :)


    ;)
     
  9. iBlue macrumors Core

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    have you ANY idea how much this just made me laugh? :D

    anything with the word coccyx is bound to be funny.

    (I was going to say something along these lines too)
     
  10. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Some people will pay good money for that kind of thing!
     
  11. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    not just G.B. but also its colonies which include Oceania (i.e. australia, malaysia, japan, indonesia, new zealand etc), India, Most of southern Africa
     
  12. arkitect macrumors 601

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    What side I or others walk doesn't really bother me as long as it is fast and smooth.

    BUT! Watch what you do with your damn umbrella. Some people have no idea.:mad:
     
  13. Billicus thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Right, I was just using those as examples.
     
  14. scotthayes macrumors 68000

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    Pretty much the same for me, apart from in Birmingham and not London.

    Oh and do wish people would look where they are going and not read the bloody newspaper while walking along.
     
  15. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    I walk on the right like cars drive.

    I noticed that in countries that drive on the left side of the car natives tend to walk on the left side of the road.

    In Bermuda thats how you can pick out an American. ;)
    (and thats my own joke)
     
  16. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    Etiquette dictates that you shall not take your damn time walking on the sidewalk whilst blocking it with a baby in a monster pram that takes up the entire sidewalk. Get out of my way, because I have places to be! :p
     
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  18. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Same here. I usually walk much faster than most people, so I try to stay on the right as much as possible, but will go around others if they're going at granny-speeds. :p (no offense to grannies o/c).

    I wasn't aware cars drove...;)

    This does make sense from a societal point of view. The road establishes a general rule which everyone knows (most people either drive, are driven, or have been near a road in their country so they are more aware of this than any other "right of way" policy).
    Naw, the funky beach shorts, accent, and general aura of confusion ought to do that. :p
     
  19. Billicus thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I also thought I should add that this quote made my day! :D When I was there as a tourist over Easter I tried very hard not to be a "gawker" in the street but it's kind if difficult to avoid since London has such a rich heritage. Also I wasn't 3 or 4 abreast so maybe that's what saved my coccyx. :p
     
  20. Iscariot macrumors 68030

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    Let me tell you, there would be a lot more sidewalk etiquette if I had diplomatic immunity.

    And an axe.
     
  21. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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    Chest out, chin up, arms down and flared outward, both hands in a fist. Walk straight down the center of the sidewalk and don't move for anyone. Psycho look on your face.

    Men will fear you. Women will want you.
     
  22. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Where ever somebody else isn't. ...and in foreign countries I check to make sure I'm not in the bike lane (you only need to make that mistake once).
     
  23. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    Unless the sidewalk is really wide or there's people coming the other direction I'll walk in the middle. Otherwise, I stay to the right.
     
  24. Chundles macrumors G4

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    I walk on the left here and the right in the US. Anybody walking on the wrong side gets run into. And if you could see me you'd know they were getting a mother of a run down.
     
  25. todd2000 macrumors 68000

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    I tend to stick to the right, It just comes naturally. I don't really think about it. I think thats the way most people walk in the U.S. When I was in school they told us to walk on the right side of the hallway. We have a walking path by the river where I live, and they have a sign that says "Share the Trail, keep right" It seems that right seems to be the most popular side.
     

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