So, I live in a city. I don’t have a car because I walk or take pubic transportation everywhere. For now, it suits me. However, being a city walker is no easy task. It takes years of practice in order to master such techniques as “walking with a purpose”.
And it takes some very fancy footwork to avoid food carts, tourists who are looking upward and to the left at whatever old monument is upward and to the left, homeless or drunk people who don’t walk in straight lines, emergency vehicles, strollers, pets, and the like.
For the most part my walking strategy is the good ol’ “bob and weave”. Walk quickly, pass on the left, stay alert and get ahead of any large crowds. If you’re walking with a friend, make sure that friend knows the “figure 8” move. One of my friends, Christine, is also a great city walker and she and I can figure-8 around slow pokes and large crowds without even pausing the conversation.
However, the one person I will yield to every time is a runner.
Boston has plenty of designated running paths, but runners still need to get to and from said paths. So often I see runners just running in place as tourists cut them off in huge packs, or when everyone is trying to funnel through a park gate entrance the runners just bob up and down politely waiting their turn.
Those poor runners. They don’t deserve that. Runners want to be running. So, I’m calling on everybody to YIELD TO RUNNERS. Let them pass you. They’ll be out of your way in 1 second at most. Pause, let them go and then continue on your way. Together, we can keep city pedestrian traffic moving, and runners running.
Who’s with me? Do you yield to runners?
Runners- do you run in crowded areas? Do you get upset when you get cut off by walkers?