I’m full of rants today, désolée.
Anyway… when crossing the street here, it is frequently necessary to look behind you to make sure there are no cars turning. This makes it very awkward (at least for me) to walk forward. And since pedestrians only have the right of way at designated intersections, this practice becomes not only ungainly, but unsafe. I tried to make a very silly stance by insisting that I would not look behind me, b/c the drivers could see if I was about to step out into the road. After almost being run over several times, I have decided (bitterly) to abide by the general rule. But a word of caution to my fellow Americans who are visiting the beautiful Aotearoa: getting around on your own two feet might be trickier than you think.