Do you prefer walking on the Left side or on the Right side?

Walking side by side - Father and Child walking side by side
@poohgal (6848)
Singapore
January 25, 2008 11:16am CST
There are many occasions when we go out with just one person. That person can be our family member, friend or partner. When you go out with one person, do you usually walk on the Left or the Right of that person? For my case, I prefer standing on the Right side of that person. The reason is simple. I carry my bag on my Right shoulder and to avoid my bag hitting him/her, it's good for me to stand on his Right side. How about you? Do you prefer walking on the Left side or on the Right side of that person? Why?
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
26 Jan 08
No matter walking with who, i will always be on the more dangerous side de.. hehe =D Or if not, i will choose to walk at the side whereby there isn't much ple because i'm quite a fast walker and so u know la, dun wanna ple to block my way.. So at times, i will tend to squeeze between small spaces or even go out of my walking lane.. hehe =P
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
26 Jan 08
LOL So you do not have a fixed side you prefer walking on ah.. I am also a fast walker. Some Singaporeans walk too slowly and they jam up the pathway. So no choice, have to squeeze between small space. =P
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
27 Jan 08
hehe.. Nope, i dun have a fixed walking side =D because like u say, some ple tend to walk very slowly and act like the whole road is theirs, occupying it from left to right, so i can only anyhow cut them.. LOL
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
26 Jan 08
I prefer to walk on the right side also. It just feels more comfortable to me. If I am walking with my husband, I walk on his right side because I don't like crowds and he will be closer to the line of other walkers than I would be. I would be on hte outer edge.
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
26 Jan 08
Thanks for sharing. =D I hate crowds too. =P
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@shakeroo (3991)
• Malaysia
25 Jan 08
I always ended up on the right side if I am walking with my wife. However, if we were walking by the road side, I will be walking on the outer side and she will be on the in side. I feel that it is my responsibility to ensure her safety while walking. LOL!
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
25 Jan 08
Seems like there are many gentlemen here. =D Good to hear that you are a responsible husband.
• United States
26 Jan 08
Wow, what a gentleman! Seems that this wonderful attitude has gone by the wayside in our society. Kudos for the few of you that are left! My hubbby does the same for me!
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@raijin (10380)
• Philippines
25 Jan 08
It depends for me, since I'm a guy. If we're walking on sidewalks, I prefer her to be on the safest side of the street. Either left or right, as I am the one that should be near the danger side!;) She can also hold her bag on either her left or right arm, or I could be the one holding it for her just to make sure it's on the safe hands!;)
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
25 Jan 08
That's very gentlemanly of you =D Only a few of my male friends will make an effort to make sure that the girl is further away from the danger side of the road. The rest do not bother at all. LOL
• Philippines
26 Jan 08
yeah, he is like my bf, when we are crossing the street or when on the sidewalk, he always make sure that I'm in the safest side. a true gentle man indeed like raijin.
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@lynnchua (3416)
• Singapore
25 Feb 08
When I'm out I'm usually with my kid. So of course I will be walking on the sidewalk and my kid in the inner side ( the safe side).
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@lynnchua (3416)
• Singapore
3 Mar 08
I agree with what you said. Kids safty is very important.
• China
17 Feb 08
Hi,there, I would like to walking on either side of the road..however,most of the time I would like to walk on the right side of the road as there is a rule in china that is to walk or ride on the right side of the road..so I formed that kind of habit.. Have a nice day.. Molly..
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
17 Feb 08
It's good to abide to the rule. It ensures your safety. =)
• Singapore
29 Jan 08
This is a good question, shui tong! I did note this myself too. Sometimes it is the right and sometimes it is the left. The preference usually sticks for a substantial period.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
29 Jan 08
Seems like someone has a very good memory. =X Where you stand depends on your mood during that period of time?
• India
29 Jan 08
Being Lefty...I prefer walking on the Left Side....No particular reason as such but my walking on the left is quite natural....
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
29 Jan 08
I guess it's just a habit for you =) Thanks for responding.
@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
26 Jan 08
I dont' really have a preference. However, I do tend to put my purse on my left shoulder, so I suppose it would be more comfortable for hubby if I was on his left so that my purse didn't bang into him with each step! I have never really thought about it before. I do think that it is nice when he places me on his right side when we are on a road or around vehicles to protect me.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
26 Jan 08
I am happy that you have a nice husband who knows how to protect you. =D
• Canada
26 Jan 08
It is not that what we want ... and by which side we walk, actually we have to follow the rules. When we are going then we have to stick to left hand side and when we are coming back then right hand side. There may be some change in this rule from country to country.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
26 Jan 08
Hmm.. I think you have got me wrong. What I mean is, when you are walking beside someone, do you walk on his Left or Right?
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
26 Jan 08
interesting, I never really observed this before.... I am pretty sure I always or at least nearly always walk with my companion to my right side... however in my bed I sleep with my beloved to my left.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
26 Jan 08
LOL we are habitual beings. There are many things we do everyday without us realizing. =P
• United States
26 Jan 08
I prefer and even insist on walking on a person's left side because I don't hear out of my left ear. So if the other person insists on me walking on the right, we just won't talk much :)
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
26 Jan 08
I'm sure they will gladly let you stand on their left. =D
@madasp (563)
• United States
25 Jan 08
your question really got me thinking. I can't remember it ever mattering with anyone but my husband. I always walk on his right side. I also ride in the car to his right, sleep to his right,etc..hmm..wonder if there is something to this. the only exeption is eating at the table because im left handed and if im on his right the elbow fights can get pretty ugly LOL.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
26 Jan 08
LOL I guess your husband might not know the reason why too. Human beings are habitual beings. =P
• United States
25 Jan 08
This is a great one. My older sister is adamant that someone walk on her left side for reasons even unknown to her. For me its slightly different-I have mild CP that afftect my left side with limping, lack of use with my hand, etc-and it causes me to be blind in my right eye and partially deaf in both ears. If I need to hold my children's hands, etc-I definitely need to be on the left to hold on. If my husband wants to hold hands-again I need to be on the left-well, not need but prefer. My daughter walks kind of in a wandering pace (she's 13) so I try to keep to the right of her-as I do with most other people. When I sit with people I like to be on their left with no one next to me.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
26 Jan 08
Thanks for sharing =D
• India
28 Feb 08
actually it depends... i usually take the side in which the road is, that means if we are walking through the right side of the road i prefer to take the left side of the person walking with me (now i remember myself switching places subconsciously)and if we are walking through the left site of the road i'll automatically switch to the right side of that person. This is mainly the case if the person walking with me is shorter than me and if i feel that i'm the one who is more active. I think the person walking on the outer side has more control and the person walking through the inner side has to follow the line set by the other person.
@balasri (26577)
• India
25 Feb 08
I always walk to the right side of the person so that I face the road side and he is on the side walk side especially in the case of children to make sure of their safety.Do you know that I always stop my car and ask the jay walkers to keep the child on the safe side.
@subha12 (18463)
• India
25 Feb 08
I prefer to walk on the left hand side. i do not know why, in many cases, when the question of side comes, i take left hand side. Mainly if its a child with me, I take taht child in my right hand, an exception.
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I usually walk on the right side of the side walk. When I am with my son I walk on the left side so he is furthest away from the road.