In my presentations, sometimes, I mention that I am a rules stickler when it comes to the rules of the road. I've blogged several times about slow drivers in the fast lane and other errors other drivers make. I understood the logic and flow of traffic from the youngest of ages and was always excited to learn all the road signs (my #1 checked out book from the library at the age of 5? Pictures of street signs... honest!) so I could properly understand how all the chaotic madness is managed. However, from the earliest memories I have, I have believed that the rules of the road are also the rules of the walk.
So is there a rules of the walk? You know, perhaps on a sidewalk or a mall, or maybe even an airport. I know in America, when there are horizontal escalators (I don't know what else they're called... Ha! Talk about an oxymoron!) the flow is just like the road with movement to the right and a passing lane on the left. But does this carry over into the normal world? At a supermarket do people adhere to these rules, and if so is it because of the way the road works? Is this an unwritten rule people learn, or is it just a rule that I have transferred from the road?
Social rules are often a grey area and maybe I used the rules of the road to make sense of how I should walk in public because without rules I am fully lost. Of course, just as I get frustrated with slow drivers in the fast lane, I get highly annoyed when there is a person going counter-flow, or at least what I perceive is counter-flow, to the natural flow of the rules of the road. If, at a mall, someone is walking against the left hand wall that, in my mind, is a complete breach of everything I've ever known.
I do have a couple questions; do you follow the rules of the road when walking and... I hope someone has this answer, in countries where they drive on the wrong side of the road (I know, I know, those countries say that places like America drive on the wrong side of the road) does the natural flow of walking follow that way as well?