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How to cross a road by foot in a country that drives on the "other" side of the road

If you travel a lot, it's a good idea to get in the habit of always, always checking both directions before stepping out, wherever you are, without habitually favouring either direction first: If it'...
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How should a pedestrian walk across a busy road in the USA?

You need to watch the pedestrian crossing light: You should only cross when it indicates "walk", which in this case will be indicated by an image of a walking person. Very old systems ...
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Walking 14 km on a pilgrimage road where footwear may be considered disrespectful

I have personal experience of walking around the mountains of Thiruvannamalai on a full moon day along with other devotees. Most of the devotees walk barefoot and so did I. The asphalt road is used ...
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Button for pedestrian traffic lights in Germany

There are three similar cases. There are traffic lights where the pedestrians usually have a red light and only get a green light if they request it by pushing a button. This seems to be the case in ...
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Does Google Maps take into account hills/inclines for route times?

Surprisingly, it appears that the answer is YES, Google Maps does make a distinction between uphill and downhill. I routed out a couple of bicycle rides from my home (in Germany) to a city either 90 ...
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How should a pedestrian walk across a busy road in the USA?

USA traffic systems are build for cars, other modes of transport are an afterthought if you are lucky, completely ignored if you are unlucky. If there are pedestrian crossing lights, use those. If ...
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Can you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for free?

It's definitely not the same thing. There are two 'routes'. One is along the pedestrian walkway on the bridge. Same height as the traffic and trains. (source: Wikipedia) The other is over the '...
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Do pedestrians imitate automotive traffic?

In Australia, people are encouraged to keep to the left in busy pedestrian areas. For example, here is a sign posted in a railway station in Sydney: In addition, doors, walkways and other structures ...
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Does Google Maps take into account hills/inclines for route times?

No. Google Maps works a different way. Google Maps learns travel times by monitoring the pace of other riders. The Google Maps app "constantly" sends data about your location back to the Google ...
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How to leave Hong Kong International Airport by foot

Walking directions for Google maps says yes, it's possible: https://goo.gl/maps/MVoPY 57 min, 4.6 km from Airport station to the center of Tung Chung. Now I haven't tried this myself, and walking ...
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Walk/Run from Berlin Tegel Airport to Berlin City Centre

I am living in Berlin Moabit which is very close to Tegel Airport. Since Tegel and Moabit are not that interesting at the first sight (which is what you catch when running I think), you should take ...
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Walking across Australia?

Now that you've clarified in the comments, yes, it's entirely 'possible', but not easy, by any means. As mentioned by @Relaxed, only 37 people have been recorded successfully completing this ...
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Walking 14 km on a pilgrimage road where footwear may be considered disrespectful

Walking barefoot probably won't be as bad as you expect. For one thing, that trail is walked barefoot by a lot of people, all the time. A lot of the things that make barefoot walking painful are ...
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Walking 14 km on a pilgrimage road where footwear may be considered disrespectful

Just couple of months ago, during peak summer season, I completed this 14 odd km walk around the mountain and I did not do it barefoot. I was probably one of the few wearing my slippers among ...
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Do pedestrians imitate automotive traffic?

This actually serves a practical purpose, and relates to something else: walking on a road that does not have an adjacent pavement/footpath, you are instructed to face incoming traffic. That is to ...
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Traveling the Camino Trail during Covid

This is more an extended comment than an answer. The answer right now is simple: you cannot do that and there is no a reasonable date estimation on when you will be able to do the Santiago Trail again....
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Walking 14 km on a pilgrimage road where footwear may be considered disrespectful

Being an Indian & Hindu, I can say that it is not mandatory for anyone to walk barefoot for such a long distance. However, due to some religious principles you will be requested to remove shoes ...
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Are motorised two-wheelers allowed to drive on bicycle lanes in Belgium?

Horizons Unlimited 21 Mar 2015 duibhceK: In Belgium 25km/h mopeds are obliged to use the cycle path everywhere, unless specific signs forbid it. 45km/h limited mopeds are obliged to use the cycle ...
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Must drivers stop at zebra crossings / crosswalks in Michigan?

In the US, crosswalks are regulated in state laws and most states have some sort of regulation that motorized vehicles must yield for pedestrians being within a crosswalk. This is of course quite odd, ...
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How should a pedestrian walk across a busy road in the USA?

NJ 20 is a vital connector between Interstate 80 and NJ 4. It is a divided highway with a "Jersey barrier" down the middle the whole way, except for that intersection. The Jersey barrier ...
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Jaywalking in England

Other people have done nearly all the work here, but someone should draw everything together in an answer so the question can be put to bed. Your assumption that jaywalking must be a crime in England,...
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How to cross a road by foot in a country that drives on the "other" side of the road

I (and the whole country) was raised to do look left, right and again to the left before stepping off the curb. Obviously less efficient to do it in an opposite direction country but if you get used ...
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Are there sources in Prague that have hand-held, printed maps?

Are there for sources in Prague that have hand-held, printed maps? Maps are easy to obtain in Prague, no matter how you come to the country. Airport: A free map is available at the airport's public ...
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How to leave Beijing airport (PEK) by foot

I just tried. It is surprisingly easy, and I would totally recommend it even if you have only 4 hours between flights. I will suppose that like almost everyone coming from an international flight you ...
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What is wrong with eating while walking in Japan? It doesn't seem to be an issue in other Asian countries

When I brought this subject up to my Japanese hostess, she looked at me quizzically and pointed out all the locals doing just this and said it's fine and no one cares. But this is in Tokyo, maybe ...
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How to leave Hong Kong International Airport by foot

Hong Kong airport is on an island. There is nothing else on that islands except an exhibition center and related activities (ferry terminal, hotel, …). In order to go anywhere interesting, you need to ...
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How do you use Berlin crosswalk signal boxes?

Simple answer - you don't. Unless you're blind, as that's who they are designed for. And given that your question started with "I see ..." I'm going to presume that you are, indeed, not blind! ...
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Does Google Maps take into account hills/inclines for route times?

At least for bikes it does (assuming the topographical information mentioned in the comment is available). I just checked with two cycling routes near my home, both 4,2km long according to Google, ...
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Can you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for free?

I was in Sydney last year for a visit and thought about doing the Harbour Bridge walk. It's undoubtedly a great experience, but it's expensive and you're not allowed to take your own camera with you. ...
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Do pedestrians imitate automotive traffic?

If you ask a bunch of people this question, you'll usually get one of two answers: Pedestrians pass each other on the same side as vehicle traffic does It doesn't matter So, if you are in Australia ...
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