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The best big cities for pedestrians

By: Josh Lew on June 20, 2012, 6:09 p.m.
pedestrians in nighttime Hong Kong

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Hong Kong

Hardly car-less, Hong Kong's streets are a jumble of double decker buses, taxis and vehicle traffic. But there is order to this mayhem. Well-organized streets, with crosswalks and stop lights, make this a very easy place to cross safely. Helpful directions painted on side-street crosswalks tell pedestrians which way to look to watch for oncoming traffic, and the main roads have wide sidewalks that can accommodate the huge amount of pedestrians that give this historic melting pot its bustling feel. The entire territory (or at least the main centers of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon) is quite compact, so getting between most sights is easy (though walkers may encounter some steep climbs on the Hong Kong Island side). One of the world's best public transit systems makes it possible to make a stay in the territory completely car-free. Between the subway, buses and a far-reaching ferry system, virtually every corner of Hong Kong can be reached by public transit.