Have you ever been to Norway or Switzerland (that until... 10 years ago, I guess). Cars are required to stop for pedestrians - and the drivers actually do so! It feels quite weird the first year or so, but it does indeed work. Seriously, pedestrians in Norway cross without looking. And - I have to stress that - it really does work.
On the sidewalk on the other hand people do play chicken. This is super nasty...
Beer, 'cause I need one and it is 10GBP in the pub