As a person who walks, runs, drives, and now, bikes, up and down some of the same Nashville roads, I feel qualified to offer a few rules for proper etiquette regardless of how one travels. I do not take this list as exhaustive, nor do I think ever rule is beyond question. I do, however, think it to be something of a good start. I welcome amendments, suggestions, and arguments.
1. Stay on the sidewalk. Even if you’re power walking for exercise, the impact on your knees is not as great as that for even the slowest runners. You’ll just jam up any other pathway.
- If you’re walking with a friend or friends, it’s fine to walk side by side. However, one of you needs to move aside when someone walks toward you in the opposite direction. Remember, think of your “extra” walker as being in the passing lane.
- If you’re wearing an iPod, stay to the right. Don’t sway into the left lane, as you’re not going to hear approaching folks.
- If you have a dog walking with you, (A) keep it on a leash, (B) don’t let it wander up to people uninvited—some of us are terrified of even your nice dog, (C) bring a bag to pick up poop.