When you pick the right side.
This is the ninth in a series of posts reflecting on the general decline of civility. These posts should be read in order of publication. Starting with number six, for example, would make no sense to the reader. Happy reading!
The right side of the road, but also the right side of things! We were saying that unless someone is in an empty place where it would never even cross their mind to plan a route that takes more than just themselves into consideration, we could say that this person, when then in an organized crowd, should take time to observe, analyze and copy other people’s behaviors.
Even in the worst contexts, an organization takes place as shown in this video.
Our Highway Code brings an interesting aspect to all of this. Although it makes sense, formalizing it seems to be a good thing. Note the second point which underlines the delightful simplicity of this short collection which is nevertheless mostly ignored by my fellow citizens.
According to the Highway Code, pedestrians must:
- use the sidewalk bordering the roadway. If there is no sidewalk, pedestrians can walk along the side of the roadway or on the shoulder, against traffic. However, they may walk with the flow of traffic if that option is safer (for example, if the road is better lit or the shoulder is wider)
- cross at intersections and pedestrian crosswalks. Pedestrians should check traffic before crossing by first looking left, then right, then left again and behind themselves
- obey the pedestrian lights at intersections. If there are no pedestrian lights, pedestrians must obey traffic lights
According to the Highway Code, pedestrians must not:
- cross an intersection diagonally, unless authorized to do so by a peace officer, school crossing guard or a sign or signal
- hitchhike on the roadway or in an area where passing is prohibited
- walk on highways or access ramps
So we can say that if a sidewalk exists, it must be used. If there is no sidewalk, it is safer to walk in the opposite direction of traffic. It is these simple elements that cause our faith in humanity to slowly crumble when we witness their non-adherence. Every day that I go out for a walk, I am reminded a little bit of how optional common sense is.
To be continued…
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Translation by Abbie Sims: https://www.linkedin.com/in/acsims/
Last Updated on May 25, 2021 by Coach Danny