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Old 03-31-2020, 01:22 PM
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Default Pedestrian Traffic on Multi-Modal Paths in Southern Region of Villages

I have a question about pedestrians walking on the multi-modal paths. Specifically, in which direction should they walk - against vehicular traffic or in the same direction as vehicular traffic?

I ask the question because while watching the portion of the Golf Cart Safety Video on the VHA website, it shows pedestrians walking in both directions - one with pedestrians facing oncoming golf carts and the other shows a couple walking with their backs towards approaching vehicular traffic (see attached screen shot).

I realize that the ideal answer would be to walk within neighborhood streets or on pedestrian trails, but there is a large portion of the multi-modal path running along the turnpike with limited numbers of carts for now. However, there are a large number of bicycles along that portion of the multi-modal path. I would rather walk towards oncoming traffic so I can see the hazard rather than have approaching from behind.

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I think it was the first grade, "walk on left facing traffic". Some have just forgot...…...
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It's just like driving a car. Stay to the right. 95% of the people do this, it's dangerous to walk against the flow onto incoming pedestrian, bike and golf car traffic.
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It's just like driving a car. Stay to the right. 95% of the people do this, it's dangerous to walk against the flow onto incoming pedestrian, bike and golf car traffic.
Maybe in Australia, not here
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It's just like driving a car. Stay to the right. 95% of the people do this, it's dangerous to walk against the flow onto incoming pedestrian, bike and golf car traffic.
This so wrong in so many ways!
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It's just like driving a car. Stay to the right. 95% of the people do this, it's dangerous to walk against the flow onto incoming pedestrian, bike and golf car traffic.
Congrats!!! You've got it 100% WRONG.
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Maybe in Australia, not here


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We live in Osceola Hills and often drive down to Marsh Bend to walk the trail around Hogeye.

Along the part that goes along the MMP, we always walk facing the golf cart traffic.

The rest of the trail is for walkers, runners, and bikers only. They used to have these flimsy poles to show that carts were not supposed to be on these trails, but some of the inconsiderate cart riders would drive on them anyway. As a result, the management had to install some very substantial poles and large rocks to make it almost impossible for carts to go on these trails. Good!
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I have been taking a morning walk each day since activities have stopped. Most people walk facing traffic. One couple with their dog was walking with traffic. As I approached them, I mentioned that walking against traffic was considered to be safer. They told me that their dog decided what side of the street to walk. Another couple with a dog was walking again with traffic. I didn't say anything to them. They volunteered that they knew they were walking on the wrong side of the road but walked where their dog led them. I thought people had higher IQ's than dogs. Evidently I was wrong.
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I doubt if they got hit and injured, that their dogs
would come visit them in the hospital.
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I doubt if they got hit and injured, that their dogs
would come visit them in the hospital.
Now that is funny! How easy it must be to lead people who even a dog can lead?
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http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/.../0316.130.html

If there is a sidewalk you must walk on it and not in the road.

If there is no sidewalk you must walk on the left, facing oncoming traffic.
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It's just like driving a car. Stay to the right. 95% of the people do this, it's dangerous to walk against the flow onto incoming pedestrian, bike and golf car traffic.
You walk on the left side facing the traffic, that way you can see what’s coming at you and get out of the way if necessary. I would never walk with my back to oncoming traffic and assume people passing me will do so safely. Especially with electric carts that I can’t hear coming until it would be too late.
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The only exception I would make is walking the golf cart bridge over 441. I would walk with traffic going up and against going down.

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