Nashvillians are lovely people known for their niceness, quirky good looks and southern charm. That being said, they fall a little deficient when it comes to sidewalk etiquette. Not to be blamed - the culture has not historically been one of active transport of the pedestrian nature. This, of course, can be blamed on our crazy-quilt of erratic sidewalk infrastructure, some connected, most not.
So, as Spring has sprung and people are feeling excited to get back outside again, I ask you to consider a few basic sidewalk rules:
1. Use your peripheral vision
---Don't only rely on what you see directly ahead of you. Use your peripheral vision to identify others and to keep the flow on the sidewalk moving
2. No large unexpected movements. I know, not fun, but if you have ever been hit in the face when someone suddenly spreads their arms wide, you will know that this kind of movement is not a good idea.
3. Equally, don't stop short.
4. No large objects in the middle of the sidewalk - move it off to the side. Similar rules apply in the grocery store. And, crosswalks.
5. Practise good posture
6. Brief eye contact can be a thrill
7. People watch
8. If you are lucky enough to have a sidewalk, help keep it clean. Sweep it off!
9. If there are a lot of walkers in your neighborhood, consider investing in a front porch or front walkway. If you have a front porch, use it!
10. Advocate for your neighborhood to get better walkability
---consider adding to the map at link below your thoughts and opinions about the state of walkability where you know it best.