Rant: Bad Sidewalk Walkers (BSW)

We are always prompt and on time for all appointments, but some days, our hair just doesn’t cooperate and we leave the house 10 minutes later than we should have. Power walking is a way to make up for lost time, and when we’re hustling, we need people on the sidewalk to work with our hustle.


Nothing is more grating than being in a hurry when people are slow-walking in front of you. Walking on the sidewalk should be like driving – slow people in the far right lane, leaving room for faster walkers to pass on the left. The middle lane can be used by people coming in both directions to pass. Simple, right? It should be, but nearly everyone we’ve talked to shares our rant about Bad Sidewalk Walkers (BSW).
See the clear middle lane? Perfect!

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.

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3 thoughts on “Rant: Bad Sidewalk Walkers (BSW)

  1. I wholeheartedly agree. A little consideration and respect goes a long way, and that includes being aware of your surroundings and using common sense: Don't talk to your friends in the middle of the sidewalk, don't walk down the street with six people in a line like you're playing Red Rover, and be mindful of people behind you and the pace at which their walking compared to yours.Sigh. It's as if no one's in a hurry to get anywhere but me.More thoughts on slow walkers: http://excruciatingminutiae.wordpress.com/category/how-slow-can-you-go-very-apparently/

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