Walking with your BFF or boyfriend? Yes, it’s sweet to walk hand-in-hand (or arm-in-arm), but you need to break up the lovefest when walking by people coming in the other direction. Be polite and stay on your half. You can hold hands again when you’re alone on the sidewalk.
When you are looking for a store, restaurant or staring at something amazing/creepy/weird on the streets of Toronto, please, stand off to the side, BSW. People walking behind you can’t read your mind and know that you’re about to pull an about-face to run back and check out those cute shoes in the window. Again, like driving. You would never just stop and sit in the middle of Yonge Street, would you? If you would, you’re an idiot.
On your cell texting or chatting and strutting down the street? Keep your wits about you. Glance up and see what’s going on occasionally. You have just as much of a responsibility not to run into someone walking as they do not to run into you. Then you also won’t risk running into a streetlamp or errant garbage can (which is embarrassing, not to mention painful), BSW.
BSW with iPods similarly need to be aware of their surroundings. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are, well, magnetic to listen to. But that doesn’t mean you can zone out with a slow saunter, oblivious to everyone else walking around you.
We are all for a low-key Sunday amble. But save it for a leafy trail in High Park.