A report released by Natural Resources Defense Council studied walkability from angles of walking safety, comfort, convenience and government management by looking at 35 cities in China. The results indicated that the most walkable cities are located in southeastern China.
Hong Kong was rated as the most walkable city, as most residents don’t need vehicles to commute. Shenzhen ranked second and Shanghai third.
Shenzhen, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Dalian were rated as very walkable cities, while Beijing, Jinan and Chongqing were regarded as cities “suitable” for walking.
The report said the use of urban land is closely related to the walkability of a city. Convenient public transport, pedestrian-friendly facilities and designs also play important roles.
Mr Zhu Pide, vice president with China City Development Research Institute, said Shenzhen should tighten administration over vehicles and leave more sidewalk spaces for pedestrians if it wants to further improve its walkability.