The finest cities in the world are meccas for pedestrian activity. Their streetscapes offer ample spaces for people to walk, bike, or scooter. Their layouts enhance the quality of life by providing easy access to amenities, like cafés and public parks where groups can gather without feeling cramped or hurried.
Experiencing life in a pedestrian-oriented city serves as a reminder that urban environments work best when they prioritize human experience. Unfortunately, pedestrian cities like Copenhagen and New York are the exception rather than the rule. Most cities put the requirements of cars ahead of the needs of people, and the amount of square footage cities set aside for car lanes and parking spaces inhibits their capacity to offer pedestrian friendly experiences.