I recognized myself in some of the characterizations in the article on sidewalk manners {Close to Home, June 3}. Sidewalks are basically roads for pedestrians, and if people obeyed the cardinal rule of the road, that is keep right except to pass, there would not be as many problems.

It is amazing the behavior people display on sidewalks, such as walking on the "wrong" (left) side, walking abreast and abruptly stopping or cutting in front of someone. If these same people drive on the roads the way they walk on the sidewalks, then it is no wonder traffic is such a mess.

If you drive on the wrong side of the road you're risking a head-on collision. The same should and does hold true on the sidewalks. People line up straight across the crosswalk waiting to cross a street, yet these same people would not pull into the oncoming lanes of traffic at an intersection. I suppose they do this because there is no price to pay. The same holds true for bicycles on sidewalks; they do it because they can get away with it.

So the next time you are walking three or four abreast down a sidewalk, think to yourself: would I drive my car like this? If the answer is no, then kindly move over to let oncoming people have their fair side of the sidewalk. BOB GIBSON Alexandria