A longboarder rolls past a casual pedestrian texting his mom the good news about the A on his test. He doesn’t notice the young woman on a bike across the quad, but she continues to gain speed as she heads toward the man making his way to class.
All of a sudden, the “I’m texting and walking so I don’t look awkward” guy fails to walk in a straight line, and teeters to the left side of the sidewalk just as the biker swooshes next to him. Bam! Collision.
Because the English drive on the left side of the road, many people falsely believe they walk on that side as well. While their natural tendency may be to veer left, the majority of Europeans walk exactly the way we do.
Sidewalk laws may be unspoken, but they are universal. Whether you’re in London, Cambodia, Hong Kong or Belton, Texas, pedestrians stick to the right side of the sidewalk.
Just because there aren’t any yellow signs that warn you when one lane ends or when you need to merge, on a pedestrian college campus, these things should just be understood.
In Texas, pedestrians have the right of way. While that applies on the freeway, it doesn’t apply on the pavement.
Bikers, longboarders and walkers all deserve the same respect, right? Stay on your side of the sidewalk and avoid a lot of awkwardness. There is no need for those highly embarrassing bike crashes.
You’ve all seen the longboarder who doesn’t know what he is doing, right? He wobbles back and forth as he tries to glide to his next class. He is like a rolling game of Jenga. One touch and that tower is coming down.
These beginner longboarders probably can’t maintain their balance and think of the Cru sidewalk laws at the same time, so be wary of them.
Everyone else, know this: Texting and walking might cause bruises. Walk on the right side of the road, and be sympathetic to those baby bikers and lousy longboarders.
Follow the traffic laws, people, and no one gets hurt.