This summer saw a constant parade of tourists to and from the beach. All times of the day depending on sun tolerances. Early birds trying to catch the early rays of sunshine. Many who slept late dragging children, shovels, chairs and umbrellas. The evening worshipers trying to keep the rays at bay.
Most of the summer I moved from the left to the right side of the street. Most of the time to avoid a pedestrian collision.
You see, none of the side streets on Holden Beach have sidewalks. I think that’s right. If I’m wrong please correct me.
So, do you know what side of the street you should walk on when there are no sidewalks?
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration):
If there is no sidewalk where you’re walking, walk on the side of the road where you’ll be facing oncoming traffic. That means that if cars drive on the right side of the road, as they do in North America, you should walk on the left. That way you’ll be able to see cars headed toward you, and give you a chance to dive or dodge out of the way if necessary. If you’re a cyclist, though, you still need to ride in the same direction as traffic.
That may sound backwards but seeing the oncoming traffic and knowing they see you is the best place to be. Get safe and comfortable. Then try walking with the traffic at your back. You won’t go back!
Further Reading: 11 Pedestrian Safety Tips
Now ya know. Here’s to a safer vacation!