Monday, November 24, 2014

To The Left, To The Left

In the immortal words of Beyonce in "Irreplaceable:" To the left, to the left- why can't Melbourne pedestrians keep to the left?  As someone who walks everywhere it drives me mad that people can't follow basic etiquette on how to walk on a sidewalk.  You don't drive on the wrong side of the road, so why don't Melburnians apply those same rules when they are walking down the street? 

I feel like I'm running a gauntlet when trying to cross intersections in the city as no one will move out of the way.  It's like some giant game of chicken.  This behavior in any other city would have you run (walked) over or yelled at, so I was extremely happy to read in The Age today that the City of Melbourne is starting phase 2 of its Share Our Streets campaign to educate people and bring a bit of courtesy back to the CBD.  Hopefully people will get the message and pay more attention to those around them- and also keep to the left!

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