When I was at school, we were encouraged to keep left when walking through corridors – which I think is still general practice – but on escalators, the instructions vary depending upon where you live and on country lanes, walkers usually keep right: no wonder the great British public is confused!
I am in my early 70s and I enjoy walking. Keeping left in urban areas when passing other walkers is the safest procedure as whoever is then walking closest to the traffic will be walking towards the traffic with a clear view of what is approaching so, should they choose to step off the pavement into the gutter in order to maintain a two-metre gap, they will not have to quickly check over their shoulder before they make such a decision.
I am wanting to start a campaign ‘Left is Best’ for walkers. I am not advocating a change in the law, older people and young children may still want to hug the wall, well away from the road, but the rest of us will not have to ‘dance-around’ one another before deciding how to manoeuvre safely on our way. Two or more people walking side by side could also be encouraged to change to snake formation in order to pass other pedestrians.
Any thoughts from your readers on how we could go about this campaign and if anyone wants to support me would be much appreciated.
Maggie Joan Haggas
3rd Age Hostelling and Housing/Sparkle Housing Co-op/WalkRideCIC