We've all experienced the frustration of being caught behind a slow-walker on the sidewalk. If you haven't, then YOU are the slow-walker (I'm sorry to break it to you so bluntly). However, Twitter user Gabe Rivera knows there's another situation which can be just as annoying: getting caught behind a fellow fast-walker.
You know how when you're a fast walker and the guy ahead of you is fast too but only 90% as fast as you, so you MUST pass him, but to pass him you have to walk comically faster than your normal speed, or else you'll be in his personal space too long as you pass? That's annoying.— Gabe Rivera (@gaberivera) January 17, 2018
Twitter (a traditional home of fast-walking people) agrees.
And social norms seem to make the entire width of the sidewalk the other person’s personal space. Sometimes you just have to step off the curb into the street.— Matt McClure (@matthewlmcclure) January 17, 2018
Sometimes, passing them is about sending a message.
It's inconvenient, but a good way to let everyone else know how terribly slow they are.— Gabe Rivera (@gaberivera) January 17, 2018
Apparently, there are places one can go to escape fellow fast-walkers!
I live this truth every day. I miss Hawaii where at least I walked faster than the entire state.— Gene Park (@GenePark) January 17, 2018
It seems the idea of having to pass another fast-walker has been researched in the past.
Unsurprisingly, there's also a sexist element at play. Fortunately, a sting is in the works.
when you go to pass the 90%-as-fast guy, does he speed up to not let you? Because men do this to women which is even more annoying— Carolyn Penner (@cpen) January 17, 2018
Ugh. Not usually.— Gabe Rivera (@gaberivera) January 17, 2018
If you secretly record a viral shaming video of said dudes, I will RT.
Hey Siri. Clear my calendar. I need to speed walk all over Manhattan tomorrow.— Carolyn Penner (@cpen) January 17, 2018
No one wants to look like a dangerous person...
It's even worse when person in front is female and you want to overtake so she doesn't feel that you're stalking her but if you walk too fast to do so it sounds like you're chasing her.....— Wildthing🔸🇪🇺 (@SJWilding) January 17, 2018
You're fine if you don't make eye contact/stare and just keep walking. Helps to have headphones so you just look oblivious.— Kinna Thompson (@KinnaThompson) January 17, 2018
There's a German word for everything.
Fear not, fast-walkers! With tireless practice, there are many who have perfected the delicate art of passing.
There’s an art to the pass. Not too soon because you’ll appear passive aggressive. Too far and you’ll tire yourself out and eventually they’ll catch up. Preach Gabe.— Ashley Huffman (@ChickTech) January 17, 2018
Being able to walk faster than people is the only accolade I allow myself. If they defeat me I cannot accept it, always concoct a reason why (the weather doesn't suit me, my bag is heavier than theirs etc)— morning unglory (@glowypanda) January 17, 2018
The most important thing about this conversation is the simple fact that we're having it. Our society needs an open dialogue about controversial subjects (like sidewalk passing) to grow and learn.