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Old June 7th, 2010, 08:23 PM   #1
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Do people really walk that fast in Manhattan??

I know all the cab drivers honk a lot and are very impatient but are the sidewalks really full of busy people walking very fast and not stopping for anything like you see on TV and in the movies? I mean, sometimes it seems like the pace is a little slower and that people are just taking their time and are in no hurry. Anyway, I'm just curious about what you have experienced. I'm just curious, because I love fast-paced cities. Thanks!

BTW, I am wondering more about whether or not people are walking at a very fast-paced and are in a hurry, not if all of Manhattan is crowded because I know there are plenty of quiet areas in the city and that there are many crowded areas.
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Old June 8th, 2010, 05:54 AM   #2
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The fast paced life in Manhattan seems to be normal to me since it is very similar to HK.



If there is one thing I observed is pedestrian-oriented cities seems to be more fast paced compared to car-oriented ones.
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Old June 8th, 2010, 09:06 PM   #3
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Perhaps they walk faster than in Peoria, but I think people walk at a normal pace in most big cities.
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Old June 8th, 2010, 09:49 PM   #4
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Depends what part of Manhattan and at what time. If your Near Penn or Grand Central Station prepared to get trampled at Rush hour by New Yorkers , Connecticuters , and New Jerseyites racing home. Most like me plow through tourists and other slow ppl as its a race to the trains.......if your near the WTC PATH terminal its the same too , or near the SI Ferry. During Rush Hour it really is a rush on the sidewalks.
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Old June 8th, 2010, 09:53 PM   #5
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All big cities are the same really.
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Old June 9th, 2010, 08:11 AM   #6
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All the same, like people in another megapolitan city..with high mobility
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Old June 9th, 2010, 08:52 AM   #7
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All big cities are the same really.
As long as they are pedestrian oriented cities. Car oriented ones such as Los Angeles does not have this kind of pedestrian output unless its in Downtown LA.
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Old June 9th, 2010, 02:48 PM   #8
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There's a study somewhere (perhaps someone can did it up) but it basically measured the walking pace in various cities.

EDIT: here is a link to an article about it on CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe...eds/index.html

New York wasn't in the top five.
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Old June 9th, 2010, 09:08 PM   #9
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I've never noticed anyone in NYC walking any faster than they do here in Chicago.

Most pedestrian oriented cities I've been in have fairly fast walkers. Then you go to a smaller place or a place where everyone drives - and it seems those who are walking go SOOOOOO SLOW. I'm use to walking fast because I'm trying to go somewhere in my daily routine. People who drive all the time tend to walk more at their leisure, or when they're not in a hurry to go somewhere. There's a big difference.

The summers in Chicago kill me, because you have millions of visitors and tourists pouring in during 3-5 months - and they all walk like they have bowling balls tied to their feet. Side by side, cameras out, stopping randomly, dragging their feet. It drives me nuts at rush hour.
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Well, all I can say is Los Angeles is NOT fast-paced.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 04:19 AM   #11
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I agree with Chicagoago, there's fast pace walkers, people who are in a rush to get somewhere, and tourists and people who are just walking around without a particular destination in manhattan as well as chicago and other pedestrain oriented cities. Usually rush hour is the busiest because of all the people getting out of work racing for the train. its not anything unique to manhattan... every major city experiences it...
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There's a study somewhere (perhaps someone can did it up) but it basically measured the walking pace in various cities.

EDIT: here is a link to an article about it on CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe...eds/index.html

New York wasn't in the top five.
Strange study. I don't notice people walking slower in certain cities than others. I HAVE noticed that cities in the southern USA tend to be much slower paced, which drives me nutsy.
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Well, all I can say is Los Angeles is NOT fast-paced.
Strange, when I was there, I was walking faster and felt more in a hurry than the average Angeleno. Even got busted for jaywalking!
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Old June 11th, 2010, 07:27 AM   #15
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People in Singapore walk like slugs.. For a tall, energetic guy like me its a torture to walk through the MRT interchange.

Can't wait to see NYC, but in Hong Kong, short, old aunties were actually overtaking me.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 06:07 AM   #16
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As long as they are pedestrian oriented cities. Car oriented ones such as Los Angeles does not have this kind of pedestrian output unless its in Downtown LA.
New York is certainly not pedestrian-oriented, but people still walk fast.
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Guangzhou is #4 though, I'm actually amazed. No wonder my aunt told me to walk instead of getting a taxi.
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maybe caused by some factors?
1. a pedestrian oriented city (well paved sidewalk)
2. the streets are not so crowded and 'dangerous' to be waded
3. people get difficult to park their car
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There's a study somewhere (perhaps someone can did it up) but it basically measured the walking pace in various cities.

EDIT: here is a link to an article about it on CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe...eds/index.html

New York wasn't in the top five.
What? Singapore 1? I been there 7 times (extended family) and I don't think Singaporeans walk THAT fast.
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Old June 13th, 2010, 04:39 PM   #20
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New York is certainly not pedestrian-oriented, but people still walk fast.
It is quite pedestrian orientated. All the roads have big side walks and there are loads of crossings to make it easy to walk. I know that when you get further out of town it starts to get into the parkways etc
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