Pedestrian Dos and Don’ts


Tourist season has struck Montreal as it does every year following the F1 Grand Prix and the opening of the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Visitors from far and wide have descended upon our metropolis armed with cameras and, one hopes, pockets stuffed with money.

The best way to get around the city core is on foot. Montreal is a great city for walking. That having been said, there are some things that will get you a dirty look from the usually hospitable locals. For instance, although no formal regulation exists, we have adopted the system of letting those who want to walk up or down an escalator free access to the left “lane”. While those who just want to take a ride stay to the right.

However, regardless of right or left side, once you have stepped off the escalator please don’t just stop and stand there. The folks behind you are on the moving steps and have no choice but to rear-end you. Just take a few steps then consider where to go.

The same goes for revolving doors. Why do people step out of them and stop? Don’t they realize the people behind are being propelled forward. This can only result in a human pile-up.

Whether in a mall or on a sidewalk respect the flow of pedestrian traffic. If you want to amble along or stop to take photos please keep to the right. This is particularly true for those who stop suddenly to consult their phones. On countless occasions I have almost crashed into a person’s back because they have done this. Kindly move to either the inside or the outside of the sidewalk.

Enjoy your stay, and happy walking!!

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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