Accommodating bicycle and pedestrian travel
Chinese criminals understand that committing a crime against a foreigner is bad publicity (or “loss of face”) for the country’s lucrative tourism industry.
As a result, not many are dumb enough to risk the unusually harsh punishment of a government that now operates mobile execution units — also known as “death vans” (so futuristic and efficient! Having said that, you should still be aware that clueless foreign tourists are tempting targets for pickpockets.
Pickpocketing, unlike outright robbery, is more common in China since it’s easier for criminals to get away with (no hard evidence).
So be especially wary in touristy-areas or crowded places like buses, markets, and train stations.
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Research suggests that injuries from vehicle crashes rise as the width of a road increases. AARP Livable Communities Newsletter To protect both pedestrians and drivers many communities are putting their roads on "diets" by reducing street widths and vehicle lanes.
The gained space is being reallocated toward other ways of getting around — such as walking, bicycling and public transit.
Published by AARP Livable Communities and the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute as part of its Livability Fact Sheets series, “Road Diets” offers tips for making roads safer for all users.
And finally, the lowly pedestrian is reduced to a merciless life-and-death game of Frogger. So don’t expect cars to stop — or even look for pedestrians — at intersections.
The only exception is that everyone gets the hell out of the way of chauffeured-driven black cars of government officials (typically Audis, which now outsell those in the U. Preferring their horns over their brakes, drivers have been conditioned to be supremely confident that pedestrians will jump out of their way.
Download this fact sheet from AARP Livable Communities and the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute to learn how road diets help improve towns and cities for people of all ages.