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The best big cities for pedestrians

Webb pedestrian bridge

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Melbourne, Australia

Australia's second city (second in population after Sydney) is a laid-back, culturally rich place that boasts an astoundingly useful network of trams, trains and buses. Walking and biking paths crisscross the city, making it easy to travel on foot (or by pedal-power) without having to share the pavement with automobiles. Relatively flat terrain and an exceedingly ped-friendly city core add to the allure of this Down Under metropolis. Pedestrians and bicyclists can cross the Yarra River in style on the Webb Bridge, shown here.

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Getting around on foot is a great way to experience a city up close. Walkers are able to enjoy the urban atmosphere in a more direct way than those who only view the streets through a taxi window or from a tour bus seat. Any city can be walked; it is merely a question of how convenient and safe it is to do so. In one of the pedestrian-friendly paradises above, walking is, by far, the best way to travel.