I’ve rarely been accused of doing things the right way, but I know I’m not alone when I’m out for a walk. It’s reassuring to see how many of my neighbors are equally oblivious to the rules of right-of-way. It’s frustrating, but reassuring nonetheless.
Let’s start off with an obvious one: State statutes remind us that if there’s a sidewalk available for walkers, use it. If not, one should walk to one’s left (against traffic) when using the road. Runners are also expected to run against traffic. This helps us avoid the awkward moments when we notice each other 50 yards away, wondering who’s going to either walk on the wet grass or venture out into traffic to avoid the other. If I were a better man, I’d always yield. I’m not and I don’t.