While most roads in the downtown of Nanjing had dedicated cycle/vespa lanes other roads in the historic districs, such as this one, simply can't be widened to accomodate dedicated lanes due to nearby heritage buildings. I would imagine that at some point in the last 20 years the City widened this road from one lane in each direction and a generous sidewalk to two lanes in each direction and a narrow sidewalk, now overtaken by beautiful, but massive, trees. As a result it is not uncommon to see pedestrians, cyclists, and automobiles all sharing the same road space.
I never worried about walking in this type of road lane because cars, expecting pedestrians, remained in the centre lane. However, the crosswalks (such as the zebra stripe shown here) were a totally different story. In Nanjing intersections and crossings are rarely signaled for pedestrians and when they are the signals only tell you that car lanes have stopped, cycle and vespa lanes often still have a green light -- or at least the riders think so! Vespas and Cyclists will still race by you, annoyed that you started crossing in the first place.
I did think that all the activity in this photo makes it a fun one to look at. People are walking in every direction. Some with electric bikes, a girl riding her boyfriend along with a slightly exausted or concerned look on her face, people buying things, friends walking arm in arm. Seemingly an almost never ending set of activites. You'll find more each time you look until you run out of people ;)
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