There are basic elements in a street environment that make walking a pleasant experience. Texture, vegetation, urban activity are some elements that invite people to participate in the walking experience.
Although parked bicycles can at times crowd sidewalks sharing the street demonstrate urban tolerance. Whether commercial or residential streets, the mix of pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles and automobiles provides a unique interaction that is dominated but its urban culture.
The charm of old Beijing comes to reality walking through the alleyways or "hutongs" created by the walks of residential courtyards. Unlike the modern concept that pedestrians need ample and safe walking space "hutongs" offer narrow passages shared by pedestrians, cyclists, automobiles and others.