There's a sad lack of Urban Etiquette year round. Primarily I speak of sidewalk etiquette. In Monsoon season there's the umbrella thing that drives me up the wall. The rest of the year there's the hapless pedestrians that stand around stupidly while looking stupid, smack dab in the middle of the sidewalk. They congregate in groups of 2-12 and expertly clog up the works. Somewhat surprisingly 2 is just as irritating as 12. I can sort of forgive this notorious tourist based behaviour. But having to navigate through teems of people lolly-gagging on city streets agitates me none the less.
What's worse, is groups of adolescents (into their mid 20's sometimes) who walk once again, 2-5 people across the width of the sidewalk and refuse to move for single pedestrians heading towards them. DRIVES ME NUTS! So what I do is - (if necessary) switch the arm that's carrying my bag (inevitably heavy and occasionally dangerous) and plow into the closest, thoughtless ass-hat who decided a torso pummelled with 30lbs of leather was better than moving 2 feet.
Same rule goes for bikes on the sidewalk. To my understanding bicycle riders want the same rights as cars (don't get me started on oblivious drivers)? I say; if they want to be treated the same as automobiles, then the same rules should apply. Unless it's a film featuring Liam Neeson, cars do not generally hit the sidewalk when the going gets rough on the streets. So what gives bicycles the right? Nothing. That's what.
THIS JUST IN - It seems the city is in fact enforcing fines for riding bicycles on the sidewalk. Failing that, my bag/elbow trick is still highly effective.