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Posted by Robin Abrahams  October 20, 2013 12:48 PM

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... is online here. How to deal with Boston's sidewalk hogs?

To defend your lane, continue walking on the right side of the pavement. If you are walking with someone else, fall into single file. Get your whole body aligned underneath you, squared off, and make eye contact if possible. Use what your mother called your outside voice to say, "Excuse me/us!" to announce yourself--or, rather, your lack of inclination to be nudged off the sidewalk. Then continue moving forward, not overstepping your lane but not stumbling off to the curb. Keep your left arm bent at the elbow and held slightly against your waist, with the elbow protruding only slightly beyond the curve of your hip, so that if sidewalk hogs do shove past you, that's the part of your body they'll encounter.
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