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Most Pedestrian-Friendly Cities?

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1. Posted by corneggs (Budding Member 26 posts) 7y

Where in the world do you think you would you most likely find cars stopping for pedestrians when crossing the street?

I'm talking about pedestrians, not bicycles or anything.
I'm asking this because it is not a matter of government issues, like building new walkways, but rather a individual and cultural tendency to put people before cars.

I'm not so sure I can give my own answer right now.

2. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

I was very surprised in Thailand how so many cars would stop to let me cross the road. Obviously not on the main roads running through Bangkok, but on all the smaller roads in Bangkok cars always let me cross. Very nice of them indeed.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 7y

Must be any of cities and villages experimenting with the concept of Shared Space (where are traffic signs and such are removed).
Alternatively, I had a great experience walking over the middle of the road in Peruvian towns like Puno or Caraz, which are all but devoid of cars. :)

I don't think I agree with your (implied) definition of "pedestrian-friendly" as a place where cars will stop for pedestrians in the absence of pedestrian crossing places and such, though. Yes, culture matters a lot, but good city planning (routing cars away from places where many pedestrians are) matters even more. If crossings are placed frequently, traffic light cycles favour them, and many roads are closed to vehicles altogether, I'll likely be much happier walking around there than when I have to learn to rely on most drivers probably stopping for me if I make it really obvious that I want to cross a road.

Based on that, Auckland and Sydney are two of the cities which stand in mind as having traffic lights which consistently seemed to favour pedestrians, and where I never needed to make a detour to reach a crossing.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 1, 2008, at 4:44 AM by Sander ]

4. Posted by giacomofra (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Cambridge is super pedestrian and bicycle friendly. I was stunned by how relaxed and polite drivers are there.

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Out of all the European cities I have visited Prague stands out as a city where cars stop for pedestrians. Aside from that I would not call it overly pedestrian-friendly though.

What I find curious: From the map and from the outlay Amsterdam seems to be the most pedestrian-friendly capital in Europe - until you are actually there and get overrun by bicycles.

And the worst cities to be a pedestrian (that I have visited): Cairo and Tehran. Crossing most streets there borders on suicide.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 1, 2008, at 7:00 PM by t_maia ]

6. Posted by corneggs (Budding Member 26 posts) 7y

Quoting Sander

I don't think I agree with your (implied) definition of "pedestrian-friendly" as a place where cars will stop for pedestrians in the absence of pedestrian crossing places and such, though. Yes, culture matters a lot, but good city planning (routing cars away from places where many pedestrians are) matters even more.

I think when I wrote 'it is not a matter of government issues' I meant, for your answer please do not take into consideration city planning, as I am aware of how much of an impact city planning has on the walkability of a city.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 2, 2008, at 3:07 AM by corneggs ]

7. Posted by walkinTall (Inactive 12 posts) 7y

Im from Los Angeles and this is probably the LAST pedestrian friendly place on earth lol, but I'd assume places in the South like Georgia maybe

8. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

I like Copenhagen, Denmark for pedestrian friendly, and Portland, Oregon for cycle friendly. At least the law is on your side in California, walkintall! They stop for no man nor beast in Vietnam.

In many parts of the USA, it's not even possible to walk - sidewalks have been rolled up.

9. Posted by hyperlemo1 (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y

When i was in calafornia, i didnt find it that bad for pedestrians, but there are places better
HK i find is very very good
BKK - which is where i am now is hummm pretty bad in places
pargue is good - with lots of pedestrianised zones