When I was growing up, my parents instilled in me the instinct to always look left, right and then left again before crossing any street. Well, I just returned from London, and the painted message in the photo above (next to a crosswalk) inspired me to make this classic into a travel tip.
“Look both ways before crossing the street” is sage, common-sense advice that should be applied everywhere you go (the number of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. in 2017 was again high), but especially when you travel to places where people drive on the opposite side of the street. In an unfamiliar place, you don’t just have to worry about vehicles; I find bikers even more dangerous because you can’t hear them, they’re unexpected, and many times they’re coming the wrong way (relative to the law) on a street.
Remember what you heard growing up, and always look both ways before crossing a street.
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