We’ve noticed that pedestrians here generally keep to the right hand side of the footpath, whereas Wellingtonians walk on the left. I wasn’t consciously aware of being a left-side walker until I came here and realised, from my stop-start, side-stepping progress up the street, that I was following a code of pedestrian conduct that wasn’t universal.
If I’d thought about it before I left NZ, I might have assumed that New Zealanders walk on the left because they drive on the left, and that pedestrians in Scotland would do the same. That they don’t is curious. Perhaps the answer lies in Ewan’s First impressions blog post of 30 March: there are a lot of foreigners in town. Could the sheer volume of visitors from right-driving countries have changed the city’s pedestrian norms?