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A person traveling on foot; a walker.
1. Of, relating to, or made for pedestrians: a pedestrian bridge.
2. Going or performed on foot: a pedestrian journey.
3. Undistinguished; ordinary: pedestrian prose. See Synonyms at dull.

[From Latin pedester, pedestr-, going on foot, from pedes, a pedestrian, from pēs, ped-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]

pe·des′tri·an·ism n.
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1. the act of being a pedestrian
2. a dull or unoriginal manner or style
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the use of a style lacking in vitality, imagination, or distinction; prosiness. — pedestrian, adj.
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How it contrasts with hot and perspiring pedestrianism, and dusty and deafening railroad rush, and tedious jolting behind tired horses over blinding white roads!
Perhaps it was the association in her mind of unexpected walks with the newly-born activities of the repentant Nutty that gave her the feeling that there must be some mental upheaval on a large scale at the back of this sudden ebullition of long-distance pedestrianism. She remembered that the thought had come to her once or twice during the past week that all was not well with her visitor, and that he had seemed downcast and out of spirits.
It had nothing to do with pedestrianism. It was a sort of hand-book for women with grievances (and all women had them), a sort of compendious theory and practice of feminine free morality.
Pugilism during the late 18th century and early 19th century, the era of pedestrianism during the Victorian ages, the growth of football pools coupons during the interwar years and the age of bookies' runners - these were all reliant on a huge turnover of betting.
"The Art of Walking in London: Representing Urban Pedestrianism in the Early Nineteenth Century." Romanticism 14, no.
He will be joined by staff from Warwick Racecourse during the challenge, which has its roots in a 19th-century form of competitive walking called pedestrianism.
For instance: "St Mary Street is a street that does not encourage sauntering pedestrianism; it is too busy.
Speaking during a UITP session on promoting pedestrianism and non-mechanised mobility, Mona Al Osaimi, director of Strategic Planning, said, "The RTA has strategic plans to make Dubai one of the best cities in providing cycling lanes and supporting non-mechanised mobility means."
Kennedy and Matthew Algeo, author of "Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport."
Aboriginal Australians are not associated with swimming, unlike boxing, cricket, football and pedestrianism. The Aboriginal and Islander Sports Hall of Fame (1868-2008) includes only two swimmers, Paralympian Ben Austin and Olympian Samantha Riley, among roughly 200 members (Tatz and Adair 2009:9-12).
(3:149) If the narrator of "The Celestial Railroad" sees the spiritually ruinous train as hell-bound, Coverdale is a little more ambivalent, seeing it as transformative both for better and worse: the railroad has won us a new vantage from which to observe rural life, radically altering the pastoral by redefining Romantic pedestrianism. Leo Marx identifies the 1840s as the decade in which the train first appeared, and quickly became pervasive in the American literary imagination--"indeed it is difficult to think," he remarks, "of a major American writer upon whom the image of the machine's sudden appearance in the landscape has not exercised its fascination" (15-16).