Walking in England is like a never ending game of "Chicken"
Posted on November 21, 2008 by pacificyorkshirebird
Here in Yorkshire, I am a pedestrian. (*Insert extra points for being eco friendly!) I like walking most of the time – but it really messes with my personal space threshold! First of all, I had to learn that if I always stay to the right, the English people walking towards me get confused. So I experimented with staying to the left. That didn’t help either. It seems which ever direction I go I am in the way. Turns out, there are no unwritten rules about pedestrianism. Follow the written rules such as “Stand on the right” or “Look left” and by all means “keep behind the yellow line” when in a queue. But don’t expect such organisation when walking down the road.
I think actually it’s all in my head. When I am walking towards a group of people going the other way, I am the only one concerned that there is not enough space for each of us to pass. In fact, no one even realises that I am there until I smile and say “sorry” while I risk getting hit by cars to make room for everyone.
Sometimes I do a little experiment and choose not to budge. “Let them get out of my way for once” I think to myself. Usually, I give in anyways – or we bump into each other. Why must walking in England be a constant game of chicken?