Pedestrians – we walk on the left
May 20 2019
I was taught at a very early age that it is courteous and protocol to walk on the same side of the pavement as the traffic.
In New Zealand we drive on the left side, therefore its expected that we also walk on the left side. However I’m very confused as to why in Queenstown the rule goes out the window and we don’t follow this universal protocol. I maintain the left side while walking on the pavement, hiking running etc yet I am always dodging a stubborn walker who is walking on the right side! Its worse when oblivious groups take up the whole pavement and don’t have the courtesy to make room for others to get by. Its annoying and causes major crowding on the street.
I’ve asked fellow kiwis and Aussies and they all agree. When I visit the United States or Canada we walk on the right side it was the assumed approach. So PLEASE visitors respect the etiquette and walk on the left side.