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Do pedestrians stay on the left side in the U.K.?

Jan 16th, 2010, 11:44 AM
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I would prefer to express it as walking on the outside.
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Jan 16th, 2010, 11:46 AM
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exactly...
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Jan 16th, 2010, 08:15 PM
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FlannerUK, certainly there is no discipline, but there is definitely a tendency, a habit, a convention. And it's not restricted to flyover country.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...idewalk&hl=en#

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...83088033720261

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...59441181884871
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Jan 16th, 2010, 08:24 PM
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Adding that if you're walking across the Brooklyn Bridge you camn well better stay right.
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Jan 17th, 2010, 01:03 AM
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And here in Switzerland it is every man (literally) for himself. Chivalry is long dead (or never lived) and queuing is something they have never heard of.

Still not used to this.

But, on escalators they follow the stand to the right, pass on the left rule very strictly.
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Jan 17th, 2010, 01:14 AM
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A gentleman would only walk on the right of a lady if the roadway is to their right. If the roadway is to their left, the gentleman would walk on the lady's left.
In the London underground, there are signs all over the place saying "Stand on the right" - or words to that effect. In the absence of such signs, Brits stand anywhere they d*mnwell feel like. Especially annoying are couples who stand side by side. I enjoy getting right behind them and saying "Excuse me" in a meaningful way.
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Jan 17th, 2010, 01:20 AM
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There must be a psychological explanation for this, so why is it that when two UK residents (me and someone else) are about to meet, going in opposite directions on a pavement (or sidewalk, if you prefer), we both move in the same direction (i.e. east or west or whatever) several times before finally coming to some sort of accommodation? Why don't we both move to our left, or to our right, which would avoid the risk of collision in one manoeuvre? Is it the same in other countries?
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Jan 17th, 2010, 02:12 AM
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Why don't we both move to our left, or to our right, which would avoid the risk of collision in one manoeuvre?

Inherent social awkwardness combined with nervous politeness.....that's my excuse anyway!
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Jan 17th, 2010, 02:19 AM
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Basically that's our role in life - splash shields and sword fodder.Basically that's our role in life - splash shields and sword fodder.

Not to mention getting things from high shelves and acting as foot warmers for icy female feet.
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Jan 17th, 2010, 02:37 AM
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I don't think we stick to one side on the pavement. I think you just get random streams of people - you tend to follow someone going the same direction, so the foot traffic will fall into two sides (or more if a wide area) but is this more usually to the left? I don't think so really.

The 'dance' from side to side when two people meet head on happens all the time.

Escalators - stand on the right. this is strictly followed on the tube but isn't a big deal anywhere else.
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Jan 17th, 2010, 03:00 AM
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In the country where there are no pavements, the rule is that you walk facing the oncoming traffic.
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Jan 17th, 2010, 04:59 AM
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And Josser, in the U.S. if one follows the general convention of staying to the right on sidewalks, then those closest to the traffic lane are walking against the oncoming vehicular traffic (at least on a two-way street).

In the city this means you can better evaluate the safety of perhaps stepping into the street for a few steps (perhaps to pass a slower group), or you can see whether that cab is going to reach that big puddle just as you walk by.

If the Brits don't follow the reverse convention, I'm assuming they are all anarchists.
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