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Posted by Dave, June 11, 2003

No more semi-loitering for tourists A group of traders in the Grafton St./Nassau St. area of Dublin have called for a minimum speed to be introduced. The group estimates that more than €100 million is being lost annually due to ‘slow walking’.
‘It get especially bad in June’, said a spokesman, owner of a business on Nassau St. ‘ People can’t out to buy lunch, or to meetings. Once the tourists arrive, no one can get up or down the street, it all grinds to a halt. These people may walk like this in their own country, but they should be informed that the people of Dublin are not on their holidays.’
The group has also called on Dublin City Council to introduce a network of ‘speed cameras’ for pedestrians at busy junctions such as the bottom of Dawson St. They suggest that the Mandatory fines would be imposed in order to decrease the amount of ‘semi-loitering’ which is alledgedly taking place.

New York Post, May 20, 2010

Someone has finally come up with a way to keep New Yorkers from being driven mad by slow-moving tourists who get in their way — dividing the sidewalk into separate lanes for residents and out-of-towners.
A white line mysteriously showed up in the center of the Fifth Avenue sidewalk between East 22nd and 23rd streets. One side — clearly the fast lane — is marked “New Yorkers.”
And camera-toting out-of-towners can amble along in the “Tourists” lane without being trampled when they stop to take pictures of the big buildings.

Photo from State Library of New South Wales collection, on Flickr Commons. Photo by Frank Hurley.

Damien DeBarra was born in the late 20th century and grew up in Dublin, Ireland. He now lives in London, England where he shares a house with four laptops, three bikes and a large collection of chairs.