The topic of “Umbrella Etiquette” in Vancouver is a dead horse and I’m about to give it another kick. For years now bloggers have published their own “rules of umbrella use” for public spaces, streets, and walkways:
- February 6, 2004 – Craigslist – NY: Official Rules Of Inclement Weather Umbrella Etiquette (found via LucLatulippe)
- November 3, 2005 – Beyond Robson: Umbrella Etiquette
- August 9, 2006 – The Rant Trap: That famous Vancouver Rainâ€¦ Umbrella etiquette 101
- September 20, 2006 – Metroblogging Vancouver: Common Sense Rules of Vancouver #2
- November 3, 2006 – Miss604: I Guess I’m Half American Now
- July 18, 2007 – Keira-Anne: The Ten Commandments
So yes, we’ve all had our share of umbrella etiquette posts, but mainsteam media’s caught up with us. News1130 has just posted their own rules for umbrella use, which echo previous statements and pet peeves:
1. Size DOES matter. Using a golf umbrella walking down Robson street will likely make you a few enemies.
2. Hold on tight. If the wind is blowin’ so is the brolly! Watch you’re not letting those pointy corners knock around your fellow pedestrians.
3. The awnings are off limits, especially is someone without one approaches. Seriously, you’ve got an umbrella.
4. The cross path ‘duck n’ lift’. Taller person raises, shorter person takes the low road.
5. Shake away from traffic. Tossing off the stowaway raindrops towards passersby only leads to awkward exchanges with your fellow man.
6. Use plain ol’ common sense. It goes a long way on a rainy day.
Any more to add to the many lists? Besides, if you’re a true Vancouverite, you’re skin and everything you wear is made of Goretex and you don’t even need to use an umbie…right? I’ll end by using a line from the Craigslist posting, “If these rules are not followed, then any fellow [Vancouverite] has the right to take your umbrella, patio or otherwise, and beat you with it.”
Update: A quote from this post appeared in the Vancouver Sun today, January 14, 2008 – here’s the article in PDF form.